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PUBLIC DOCUMENT .... .... No. 52. 



TENTH REPORT 



PM Taff SPA TES, 

Custody and Condition 



PUBLIC KECORDS 



Parishes, Towns, and Counties. 



By ROBERT T. SWAN, Commissioner. 



BOSTON : 

WRIGHT &' POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 

18 Post Office Square. 

1898. 



INDEX TO SUBJECTS. 



PAGE 



Introductory, v-vii 

Missing Records and Papers, . . ... . . vii-ix 

General Information Upon Records, . . . . . ix-xi 

Assessors 1 Records, ......... xi-xiii 

Proprietors' Records, xiii 

Terms of City and Town Clerks, . ..... . xiii-xvii 

Church and Parish Records, xvii-xix 

School District Records, . xix, xx 

Fires, . xx 

Safes, xxi 

Copying, xxi 

Printing, xxi,xxii 

Town Halls, xxii 

Historical Data relating to Churches, etc., 1-189 



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Office of the Commissioner of Public Records, 
6 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, Jan. 1, 1898. 

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives. 

I have the honor to submit the sixth report of this com- 
mission, being the tenth in the series of reports on the public 
records. 

For five years I had urged without avail the passage of a 
bill which should meet the changed conditions of affairs, in- 
cluding change in sentiment, regarding the records of the 
counties, cities, and towns. The last Legislature passed such 
a bill, which is chapter 439 of the Acts of 1897, and its good 
effects are already apparent. When its provisions are known 
and understood there will be a decided improvement in the 
safety and condition of the records ; but I found, even as late 
as November, that many of the boards of town officers were 
ignorant of any such law. The apology was that so many 
laws are passed that unless something in particular calls 
attention to a certain law its provisions are not likely to be 
known. This law has been called to their attention, and 
much neglect for which there has been excuse will be no 
longer excusable. 

The utterly impracticable provision of the old law, that 
city and town clerks should be custodians of all the records, 
is repealed, and the various classes of records have their re- 
spective custodians, who are responsible for both their custody 
and condition. 

Another provision has stood in the way of improvement, 
viz., that county commissioners, city governments, and 
selectmen should decide what was needed for the proper 



vi PUBLIC RECOKDS. [Jan. 

care of the records. That has been repealed. As these 
officials have no intimate knowledge of the records, the law 
has been generally inoperative, excepting as a recording offi- 
cer could succeed in getting a small allowance from some 
general appropriation for a little binding or other necessary 
work. Now the recording officer not only can, but must, 
have his records in the proper places and condition. 

As some of the town clerks felt doubtful about their 
authority in the matter, I obtained the opinion of the 
Honorable Attorney-General, and communicated it to all 
of the town clerks. His opinion was given in the following 
letter : — 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
Office of the Attorney-General, Boston, Sept. 21, 1897. 

Robert T. Swan, Commissioner. 

Dear Sir : — I have your letter of the 7th, inquiring whether, 
under Statutes of 1897, chapter 439, section 6, any person having 
the custody of any public records can lawfully incur expense which 
a county, city, or town will be obliged to pay, unless an appro- 
priation for the purpose has previously been made by the county, 
city, or town. 

The statute in question provides that every person having the 
custody of any public records of a county, city, or town, consist- 
ing of written or printed books, shall at the expense of the county, 
city, or town have all such books properly and substantially bound, 
etc. This statute makes the duty of the custodian imperative, 
whether an appropriation is made by the county, city, or town, or 
not, and even if no such appropriation be made. He must obey 
the law. Failure to perform this duty by him is punishable under 
the provisions of section 12 of the same act. 

The liability of the county, city, or town for the expense so 
incurred does not arise from any act of the corporation itself, but 
exists by virtue of the statute provision. It is plainly the duty 
of the county, city, or town to appropriate money for the purpose 
specified in the act ; but if it fails to perform its duty, it does not 
thereby escape its liability therefor. 

Yours truly, Hosea M. Knowlton, 

Attorney •- Qeneral. 

Some of the clerks have already had records rebound that 
for years had needed binding, but for the binding- of which 
no authority could be obtained. There is much, however, 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. vii 

required by the law which will of necessity be carried out very 
slowly, as long as the town officers who have the care of the 
records are expected to work for almost nothing, or are 
elected for one year ; and until the unreasonableness is 
realized of expecting a small, poor parent town to bear a 
considerable expense in binding and copying the old records, 
which are of more importance to the wealthy towns that have 
been set off from it. 

The passage of another bill which has been before the 
Legislature for several years, and which became chapter 444 
of the Acts of 1897, deserves to be mentioned, although not 
bearing directly upon the " custody and condition" of the 
records. This act, entitled " An Act relative to the registry 
and return of births, marriages and deaths," went into effect 
on the 1st of January, 1898. As originally drawn, it was 
submitted to the city and town clerks, and substantially as 
passed had their approval, as well as the approval of boards 
of health, and the undertakers' association. It also met the 
approval of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, to whose 
office the returns must finally come ; and it is believed to be, 
by those best competent to judge, as comprehensive and 
practicable in its application to both the cities and small 
towns as an act can be. It authorizes and henceforth makes 
legal some of the action which has been taken by the clerks 
of longest experience, in their attempts to have their records 
as complete and correct as possible, and will result in a 
uniformity before impossible. The uncertainty existing in 
regard to recording still-births and illegitimate children no 
longer exists, and the statistics of these births will not de- 
pend upon the individual opinions of the recording officers. 
A woman will no longer lose her identity after marriage, as 
her maiden name is to become by law a part of the record. 

Missing Kecords and Papers. 

Until very recently a large number of the towns had no 
town headquarters, or other place, to which the records and 
papers of an outgoing town officer could be returned, and 
until 1891 he was not required to deliver them to his suc- 
cessor. The consequence has been that many of the books 



viii PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan. 

of record, and especially the files of papers, have been packed 
away and forgotten until accidentally discovered. 

The occasional receiving of information that certain records 
or papers belonging to a town had been found, led me to be- 
lieve that more might be brought to light if the attention of 
the public were brought to the subject. Accordingly, with 
the sanction of Mr. George S. Evans, inspector-in-charge of 
the post-office department, I sent to every postmaster in the 
State a request that he would display in his post-office a card 
of which the following is a copy : — 



Town Records. 

The discovery, from time to time, among the effects of former 
town officers, especially of assessors, of town records and papers 
which had been in their custody, makes it seem advisable to ask 
the co-operation of citizens in securing any such not in possession 
of the towns. Many have, unfortunately, been destroyed through 
ignorance of their character or possible value. To prevent their 
further destruction, and to enable the towns to procure those now 
in existence, all persons having knowledge of any such records 
or papers are respectfully requested to inform the undersigned. 

Among the missing records and papers are valuation lists, those 
prior to about 1820 usually being in small books without covers, 
about the size of a bank deposit book ; school district records ; 
collectors' account books ; treasurers' records and vouchers ; and 
records of extinct churches and parishes. Annual returns of 
marriages made by clergymen to the town clerks should be among 
the papers once in their custody. Members of families of de- 
ceased town officers are especially requested to search for such 
records and papers, and to forward information if any are found. 

Any information bearing upon the old records will be a benefit 

to the town, and will receive due acknowledgment. 

Robert T. Swan, 

Commissioner of Public Records. 
Boston, Sept. 13, 1897. 

In response to this, a number of persons have sent infor- 
mation that will be of value, and already some papers have 
been placed in the custody of the town clerks. 

With the town records and papers belonging to Hull, which 
were recovered, as stated elsewhere, were twenty-six unre- 
corded deeds of lands in Hull and Hingham, some as early 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. ix 

as 1744, which have been duly recorded at the Plymouth 
registry, and one of land in Cohasset, recorded at the Nor- 
folk registry. One unrecorded deed to the town of Ames- 
bury, dated 1722, and three to the West Parish in Amesbury 
(now Merrimac), of lands for the use of the ministry, or for 
a burial place, have been placed on record at Salem. 

What is to be done with the mass of papers to be preserved 
is a serious problem. Many of them have been so long 
neglected that they are crumpled, torn, mutilated, and, when 
I find them, decaying. To put them in condition for " ex- 
amination and reference " will entail a great deal of time for 
which some one should be compensated. 

They are full of historical information, and in many cases 
are probably all that is in existence to bear evidence to cer- 
tain facts. Revolutionary papers — rolls, receipts for pay 
and equipment, for transporting ammunition or men, oaths 
of allegiance, etc. — are numerous. I fear that until the 
State establishes a public-record office, to which such matter 
shall be brought for careful and methodical handling, little 
can be looked for in the way of improvement, if the papers 
are even preserved. 

General Information Upon Records. 
The following additional information in regard to the 
records has been obtained since the report for 1896 was 
issued : — 

County of Barnstable. 

Chatham. A volume of the records of the " Proprietors of the com- 
mon and undivided lands in Chatham," beginning April 28, 1713, has 
been found. The records are chiefly for the years 1713, 1714, 1742, and 
1749, with one meeting in 1758 and one in 1787. 

Harwich. A very dilapidated volume of the records of the Proprie- 
tors of the Seven Share Purchase of the lands of the Sipsons, from Sept. 
7, 1713, to May 8, 1824, has been recovered and rebound by the Emery 
silk process. 

County of Berkshire. 

Adams. The records of the East Hoosuck Proprietors, from 1765 to 
1773, for which search has been made for several years, have been recov- 
ered, and are in the possession of the city clerk of North Adams, who has 
had blue print copies of the plottings in the volume made. 

Lee. Records of the Hopland District, from April 12, 1791, to April 
5, 1889, have been recovered. 



PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan. 



County of Essex. 
Bradford. All records delivered to the city of Haverhill, upon an- 
nexation. 

County of Hampden. 

Court of General Sessions of the Peace. A volume has been 
added to the series of records, containing a copy of the records of this 
court from March 4, 1707, to March 2, 1714, copied from a volume of 
deeds of Hampshire County. 

Registry of Deeds. Copies of the following proprietors 1 records 
are now in the registry : — 

Brimfield : One volume of land grants, 1731 to 1824. Chester : One 
volume, containing copies of one volume of land grants, highways, and 
bridges, 1762 to 1784, and of one of highways and bridges, 1790 to 1811. 
Springfield : one volume, containing copies of two volumes of Outward 
Commons, March 20, 1699, to 1799, and of three volumes of Inward Com- 
mons, from Jan. 28, 1714, to Dec. 25, 1813. Westfield: one volume, con- 
taining copies of one volume of land grants and highways, 1667 to 1830, 
and of one 1766 to 1794. 

Southwick. There is a volume containing marriage intentions, from 
1771 to 1810, and deaths from 1771 to 1796 ; another volume of births by 
families, from 1801 to 1845. The more recent records of marriages and 
deaths begin in 1845, and not as reported, in 1885. 

County of Norfolk. 

Dedham. The volume called Rebellion Record was anonymously 
sent to the town office. 

Walpole. A pamphlet record with the following title has been dis- 
covered : " This book Contains an account of the service, Each Man 
hath done in the Town of Walpole Since the Commencement of the 
Present War (viz) from the 19th of April, 1775, to the 1st of April, 1778." 
This was not, as the title implies, home service. 

County of Plymouth. 

Hanover. A small book, containing intentions of marriage, from 
1841 to 1857, and marriages for 1841, 1842, and 1843, was purchased at 
auction in New York about twenty years ago by Hon. Jedediah Dwelley, 
and is with the records. 

Hull. The following records have been recovered: Proprietors' 
records, 1714 to 1761, 1812 to 1872 ; and their treasurer's record, 1844 to 
1872 ; eighteen valuation lists for various years, from 1741 to 1817 ; 
one hundred and fifteen town meeting warrants, and many miscellaneous 
papers. 

County of Suffolk. 
County Court. A volume of records of this court, from Oct. 31, 1671, 
to April 1, 1680, has been found in private possession. 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. xi 

Inferior Court of Common Pleas. One volume of this court, called 
"Fifth Book of Executions," from Nov. 3, 1763, to Nov. -, 1771, was 
found in the same possession. 

Notarial Records. The records of the following notaries public 
were found in the same possession : William Aspinwall, 1644 to 1651 ; 
Samuel Tyley, April 2, 1730, to Feb. 28, 1744 ; Ezekiel Goldthwait, Dec. 
2, 1748, to March 11, 1754 ; Ezekiel Price, June, 1754, to Aug. 22, 1780. 

Boston. A list of the Real and Personal Estates of the Inhabitants 
of Dorchester, dated May 1, 1749, recovered from private possession. 

County of Worcester. 
Douglas. A volume of the records of the Proprietors of the Common 
and Undivided Lands lying on the west side of New Sherburne, begin- 
ning Feb. 8, 1745, has been recovered. 



Assessors' Kecords. 

In my examination of the old papers in the towns I still 
find early valuation lists. These have been the most neg- 
lected of the records, and from their rough handling have 
become very dilapidated. Little can be expected in the way 
of improvement in their condition until some system exists 
by which some one can be compensated for putting them in 
order for binding. 

Owing to the custom prevailing in the smaller towns of 
allowing the chairman of the board of assessors to keep the 
valuation lists at his residence, they have become widely 
scattered, and many later than 1860, when the present form 
of book was furnished by the State, are not to be found in 
the custody of the present assessors. I have suggested that 
strict search be made among former members of the board, 
and it has resulted in the finding of many. In one town the 
lists from 1800 to 1826 disappeared four or five years ago, 
during the pendency of a pauper settlement suit, and under 
the divided responsibility in regard to the custody of the 
records prior to this year, no one person can be held 
responsible. 

The following lists have not been before reported : — 

County of Berkshire. 
Clarksburg, . . „ From 1799 to 1814, inclusive, in one volume with- 
out covers ; from 1838 to 1860, inclusive, in 
pamphlets ; for 1861, 1862, and 1864 ; from 1873 
to 1881, inclusive, and from 1887. 



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Williamstown, 



PUBLIC RECORDS. 



[Jan. 



From 1850 to 1854, inclusive, in one volume ; for 
1858, 1859, and 1860 in one; and in separate 
books from 1861. 



Newbury, 



County of Essex. 
Nearly complete in small pamphlets from 1796 to 
1830. Complete in volumes since. 



Ervino;, 



Greenfield, 
Leverett, . 

Monroe, . 



New Salem, 
Rowe, . . 



Shutesbury, 
Wendell, . 



County of Franklin. 

For Erving's Grant for 1815 and 1819, and from 
1822 to 1838, inclusive. For the town of Erving 
for 1839; 1843 to 1860, inclusive; and from 
1866. The lists for 1861, 1862, and 1863 were 
burned sufficiently to destroy all but the names, 
and those for 1864 and 1865 were probably 
wholly destroyed. 

From 1786 to 1819, inclusive ; not before reported. 

From 1804 to 1849, a few occasional years being 
missing, and from 1860. 

From 1847 to 1866, inclusive, in two volumes. For 
1880, 1885, and 1887. (Others are undoubtedly 
in the town.) 

From 1850. 

Nearly complete from 1787. Those to 1832 are in 
sheets, and some dates are uncertain. 

From 1763 to 1800, inclusive, and from 1826. Those 
from 1801 to 1825 have recently disappeared. 

For a few occasional years prior to 1835, and com- 
plete from that date, excepting 1885 and 1890. 



Southwick, 



County of Hampden. 
In pamphlets from 1800 to 1817, inclusive ; for 1820 ; 
from 1825 to 1829, inclusive ; for 1837 ; from 
1842 to 1847, inclusive ; for 1852 ; and in vol- 
umes from 1854. 



Walpole, . 



County of Norfolk. 
Missing lists for 1820 to 1824, inclusive, found. 



Hull, . . 
Pembroke, 

Plymouth, 



County of Plymouth. 

For 1741, 1747, 1749, 1753, 1755, 1757, 1758, 1759, 
1761, 1762, 1771, 1773, and 1781 recently found. 

For 1809, 1814, and 1819 ; from 1821 to 1825, inclu- 
sive ; from 1827 to 1832, inclusive ; and from 
1845. 

For 1749, 1774, and apparently complete from 1816. 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. xiii 

County of Worcester. 
Hubbardston, . . Complete in bound volumes from 1794. 
Princeton, . . . Complete from 1799, in volumes. 

Proprietors' Records. 

I would again urge the county commissioners to cause the 
copying of the proprietors' records for deposit in the regis- 
tries of deeds. All of those obtainable in Plymouth and 
Hampden counties, and in the towns in the Southern Berk- 
shire Registry District have been copied ; and if conveyancers 
generally knew of the existence of the proprietors' records in 
the various towns, many of them containing plottings of the 
early lots, I feel confident they would urge the copying 
which the county commissioners may authorize. 

The recovery of the records of the proprietors of East 
Hoosuck, from 1765 to 1773, elsewhere mentioned, is a good 
illustration of what is possible in this direction. These were 
missing in 1885, and have been traced from the person last 
known to have had them, through several hands, to the 
house of a person recently deceased, where the city clerk of 
North Adams secured them. 

Terms of City and Town Clerks. 

In previous reports I have urged that the terms of office 
of the city and town clerks be at least three years, and each 
year presents new evidence of the folly of electing a clerk 
for but one. To one unfamiliar with the duties of a town 
clerk, they seem few and simple. To record the doings of 
the town meeting, look after the ballots and returns of elec- 
tions, and record the births, marriages, and deaths, for which 
he gets his fees, is probably supposed to be the extent of his 
duty. If this were all, it would be sufficient argument for a 
longer term than one year ; for, while it must be that there 
will be a first time for every clerk to record the proceedings 
of a meeting, so much depends upon the reliability and com- 
pleteness of a record that experience counts for much, and 
the first times should be as few as possible. 

The validity of an election largely rests upon the town 
clerk, and, with our complicated and constantly changing 
election law, experience is absolutely necessary for exact 



xiv PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan. 

compliance with its provisions. The clerk is expected to 
know the law, and is looked to for its proper carrying 
out. 

The recording of births, marriages, and deaths is not the 
simple matter it seems. The clerk must see that the returns 
are made, and properly made, and that requires knowledge 
of the law. He will find that a large part of the births are 
not returned, and that very many of all returns are incom- 
plete and incorrect. He must know how to proceed in such 
cases, and nothing can teach him so well as experience. 
But, aside from the duties which come under the three 
classes, — recording proceedings of meetings, directing elec- 
tions, and recording births, marriages, and deaths, — he must 
fill the position of secretary of the board of registrars of 
voters, a constantly changing board, where if the clerk is 
new there may be no one of experience to direct the work, 
or to decide the perplexing questions arising in the mind 
of a novice, many of which have arisen and been decided 
for previous boards. Here experience is of the greatest 
value. 

Beyond this, there are about one hundred minor duties. 
He must record appointments, locations of sign-boards, 
licenses, petitions and orders, regulations of the board of 
health, etc. Many of these matters must be recorded within 
a specified time, or the rights of the town or of individuals 
will be jeopardized. All sorts of returns, notifications, and 
receipts must be sent to State departments, county commis- 
sioners, clerks of courts, and clerks of other towns, many of 
them within a specified time, or the validity of certain pro- 
ceedings will be impaired. Indexes to many of the records 
are required, and these require time and experience. That 
any one can be supposed to familiarize himself with all these 
duties in a year is absurd. It is more than absurd to suppose 
that he ivill, when the chances are about even that he is to go 
out of office at the end of the year, because the national politi- 
cal party to which he belongs may cast a few less votes at the 
next town meeting than it did at the last, when he was elected, 
and some experienced clerk turned out of office. 

One of the clerks longest in service says his "unwritten 
records" are of the greatest importance to the town, and he 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. xv 

cites a time during recruiting for the rebellion where the 
selectmen admitted that his knowledge saved the town 
$15,000. 

The question may arise, what has this to do with "the 
custody and condition " of the records, which is my province. 
Indirectly something, for if the clerk has not known his duty 
he will not have certain books and files of papers in his 
custody, as he should, and it becomes my duty to know why. 
But, as the records suffer from the short terms of clerks, I 
consider it well to set forth any arguments for longer terms, 
and consequent better care of the records. 

Clerks of the courts and registers of probate are elected 
for five years, and registers of deeds for three ; and I see no 
good reason why city and town clerks, performing duties of 
a similar character, should not have at least a term of three 
years. 

The only objection I have ever heard is that a poor clerk 
had better serve one year than three ; but to that there are 
several answers. First, if an unsuitable person had the 
political influence necessary to be elected once, he very likely 
would be again. Second, a person who could not learn the 
duties in time would not be likely to be elected, and any per- 
son who could would be a better clerk each succeeding year, 
and perhaps better in his second and third years than a 
more capable person in his first. Third, a great part of the 
records in the custody of the clerk, are seldom referred to. 
These had much better remain in the custody of ever so poor 
a clerk for three years than to be carried from place to place 
as the clerks change, with the wear and tear, and risk of loss 
in transit, or, what has happened time and again, their loss 
by being left in the possession of the ex-clerk. 

It is true that in the greater part of the towns the clerks are 
re-elected year after year, without opposition ; but it is also 
true that there is a tendency toward opposing nominations, 
especially if the parties become more nearly of equal num- 
bers. If some local issue arises, and the clerk, exercising 
his right as a citizen, takes an active part, he is liable to 
be opposed at the town meeting, his efficiency as a clerk 
counting for naught, and under the temporary excitement he 
is defeated. This might have been forgotten before the end 



xvi PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan, 

of a longer term was reached, and he would not have been 
opposed. 

The law requires the clerks to see that certain persons — 
physicians, undertakers, parents, and others — comply with 
certain laws, and that they are prosecuted if they do not. 
This the clerks have rarely done, not wishing to incur the 
enmity of their townsmen, and endanger their own election. 
If they insist upon compliance with the law (and their duty 
to do so is now more imperative than formerly), there will 
be more opposing nominations. 

In the cities the objections to annual elections are equally 
strong, though somewhat different, and the tendency is toward 
party nominations. For thirty years the people of Boston 
expected Mr. McCleary to be city clerk, as confidently as 
they expected the organization of the city government ; but 
since his retirement in 1882 there have been five clerks, 
some of them elected after bitter fights, simply because some 
one else, or some faction, wanted the office. In Woburn, not 
yet ten years a city, there have been three clerks, the city 
council balloting on one occasion over eighty times, the 
majority trying with various candidates to prevent the re- 
election of the incumbent, in which they succeeded. Pitts- 
field, which has just held its ninth election as a city, has 
already made four changes, and as the result of the last elec- 
tion a daily paper says, " The s will control the city 

council on joint ballot by one majority, and this will mean 
a fight for the clerkship." 

Lawrence has made five changes since 1883. The pro- 
ceedings last year called forth severe condemnation from the 
press of the State. The aldermen declined to go into joint 
convention, alleging intimidation by the proposed use of 
colored ballots, and the common council alone elected a city 
clerk. The city clerk refused to vacate his office, and under 
guard of the police held the office until the supreme court 
decided there had been no legal election, when, at the end 
of a contest lasting twenty-three days, he was elected. As 
these words are written another political contest for the office 
is probable. 

Lowell has made five changes since 1882, and in 1893 could 
make no choice, the vote being a tie. Last year, under a 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. xvii 

new charter, the mayor appointed the incumbent and the 
supreme court decided the appointment legal. A new statute 
makes the office elective, and it will again be a political foot 
ball. 

In contrast to these cities are Fall River, with the same 
clerk for thirty-three years ; Newburyport, with no change 
for twenty-seven ; Gloucester, Salem, Haverhill, and others 
where the clerks seem to serve for life, or as long as they 
desire, and where they have become "walking encyclope- 
dias " on city affairs, to be consulted alike by members of 
the government and the people. 

Frequent allusions are made in the press from time to time 
during the year to the animosities aroused by these contests, 
and a clerk feels hampered, knowing he is being regarded as 
a political office holder, and alluded to as a " yearling." 

If a large majority of the cities and towns, among them 
some of the admittedly best governed, find continuous service 
of the clerks advisable, it would seem that the Legislature 
might establish this as the policy of the Commonwealth, 
and oblige all cities and towns to elect for longer terms. 



Church and Parish Records. 

My search for records of extinct churches and societies, 
which should have been deposited with the city and town 
clerks, has resulted in the discovery of two hundred and 
fifty more extinct churches than were reported in 1885, mak- 
ing a little over five hundred thus far discovered. 

The records of only about forty of these are with the city 
and town clerks, where they should be ; many are known to 
have been burned, but no information can be obtained about 
the greater part. They have doubtless remained in the 
hands of the proper officers, who perhaps held them waiting 
for formal dissolution, until, that time never coming, they 
were lost. 

There are at present many churches claiming existence but 
holding no services, and their records are more than likely 
to go the way of so many others. I would, therefore, again 
urge the passage of the following bill, which was defeated in 
its final stage in 1894 : — 



xviii PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan. 



An Act to provide for the custody of the records of a 
religious society, church, parish, or association for 
religious worship, which has ceased to hold religious 
meetings. 

Section 1. When a church, parish, religious society, monthly 
meeting of the people called Friends or Quakers, or any body of 
persons, who have associated themselves together for the purpose 
of holding meetings for religious worship, shall cease for a term 
of two years to hold religious meetings regularly, the persons 
having the care of any of the records or registries of such church, 
parish, religious society, monthly meeting, or association, or of 
any church, parish, religious society, monthly meeting, or associa- 
tion connected therewith, shall deliver all such records to the clerk 
of the city or town in which such church, parish, religious society, 
monthly meeting or association is situated, and such clerk may 
certify copies thereof. 

Sect. 2. Every person having any records of the deacons, 
church wardens, trustees, overseers, or other similar officers, of 
any of the assemblies or associations aforesaid, by whatever name 
called, shall deliver all such records to the clerk of the city or 
town in which such assembly or association is situated, and such 
clerk may certify copies thereof. 

Sect. 3. If any church, parish, religious society, monthly 
meeting, or association, the records or registries of which, or of 
any officers of which, have been so delivered, shall resume regular 
religious meetings under its former name, or shall be legally 
incorporated with some church, parish, religious society, or 
monthly meeting, the clerk of said city or town shall, upon de- 
mand made in writing by a duly authorized person, deliver such 
records or registries to such person : provided, however, that said 
person shall, in writing, certify that to the best of his knowledge 
and belief said religious meetings are to be regularly continued, 
or such incorporation has been legally completed. 

Sect. 4. Every person who, after demand made by the clerk 
entitled by law to have possession of the records or registries 
aforesaid, wrongfully detains the same, shall forfeit the sum of 
one hundred dollars. 

I would again urge the church and parish officers to see 
that their records are more safely kept. Any of the towns 
having vaults would provide safe storage for them, and they 
should in all cases be in safes or vaults. The records of the 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. xix 

ancient church in Burlington, from 1735, were burned in a 
dwelling-house within the last year. 

Appended to this report is a list of churches, parishes, 
precincts, and religious societies in the Commonwealth, 
present and past, with historical data concerning them, and 
an introduction explaining the presentation. 



School District Eecords. 

Among the records more than likely to have remained in 
the hands of the clerks who wrote them are the school district 
records. With the papers which are going to destruction in 
the old receptacles in the towns I find papers relating to the 
school districts, but seldom books of record. Inasmuch as 
the law required the inhabitants of each school district to 
choose a clerk, who was to be sworn, and was required to 
* ' make a fair record of all votes passed at meetings of the 
district," it is reasonable to suppose that many such records 
were made and the record books have existed. 

Various provisions in the school district law, and lack of 
specific provisions, have rendered these records more liable 
to loss than others. Districts in contiguous towns were 
allowed to unite, and a clerk of the new district was elected. 
If he commenced a new record, both the other record books 
were likely to remain in private possession as there was no 
law concerning their custody. If he had been clerk of one 
of the town districts, and continued the record of the united 
district in the books he formerly used, the record of the other 
town district would have been allowed to remain in the hands 
of the ex-clerk. 

Upon the abolition of the school district system in a town, 
the town was to take possession of all the property which the 
districts " might lawfully convey." As records would not 
come under that designation, and no mention was made of 
them in the law, there was no obligation upon anyone to 
place them in the custody of the town. The consequence 
has been that persons finding them have not known what dis- 
position to make of them. Some have been given to the 
town clerks, some to a member of the school committee, care 
occasionally having been taken to give them to the secretary 



xx PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan. 

of the board. As a rule, however, they have remained in 
possession of former clerks, or their descendants. 

Under section 3 of chapter 439 of the Acts of 1897 these 
records would undoubtedly belong in the custody of the town 
clerk, or city clerk if the town has become a city, and per- 
sons having such in their possession are urged to place them 
with the clerk. Such as were fully kept will be found to 
contain much valuable information in regard to the schools, 
and occasionally the births of the children will be found to 
have been recorded. These may be valuable as supplement- 
ing the incomplete records of births kept in past years. 

I have seen returns in the office of the Secretary of the 
Commonwealth whereon the town clerk had made the en- 
dorsement that no returns of births were received from the 
committee of "the other" districts, and I assume this had 
reference to some custom or law by which the records of the 
births of school children reached the clerk, although I have 
not inquired into it. If such were the custom the district 
records may become extremely important. 



Fires. 

It would be gratifying to say under this heading that the 
year has not seen the destruction or injury of any records ; 
but I cannot, for on the 23d of April last the historic Sewall 
house in Burlington was totally destroyed by fire, and the 
records in the town clerk's safe were injured to an extent 
requiring new bindings. But it is gratifying to state that I 
had required the town of Burlington to provide additional 
safe room, and a very large safe at the town hall contained a 
quantity of records and papers which had been unprotected 
in this house. 

In Revere the building of a new vault and the providing 
of additional safes saved records and papers which would 
otherwise have been destroyed when the town hall was 
burned Jan. 20, 1897. 

In Marlborough, the block in which the city clerk formerly 
kept his records was burned, but the records had been re- 
moved to new fire-proof quarters in the city hall. 



1898.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 52. xxi 

Safes. 

The ability of a safe to protect its contents depends so 
largely upon circumstances that it is difficult to decide what 
is a suitable safe. The size and material of the building in 
which it is located, its position as respects falling, and the 
absence or presence of a fire department, all need to be con- 
sidered ; and, while I have serious doubts in some cases, I 
am so well aware that in many the requiring a new safe to be 
purchased will be a hardship to a town already burdened with 
debt, I reluctantly allow chances to be taken, as business men 
do with their property. Thus far, where I had doubt, the 
bindings only have been injured. 

One condemned safe sold for $1.75 and the other for $5 
when a town moved its records into vaults, and these were 
a fair sample of many of the town safes when I commenced 
my inspection. 

Copying. 

The copying of the most ancient records must still be post- 
poned. Chapter 439 of the Acts of 1897 retains the old pro- 
vision for the attesting of copies by the person having the 
custody of them. I have repeatedly set forth the insuffi- 
ciency of this provision, as only a few experts can read the 
ancient chirography, and the attestation to the truth of a 
copy by a person who has not read and cannot read the 
original is a falsehood. The copyists should be experts, 
sworn to the truthfulness of their copies, and their attesta- 
tion should be sufficient. This was allowable in the regis- 
tries of deeds, but the provision was repealed by chapter 439, 
referred to. 

Printing. 

Copying preparatory to printing records is being carried 
on in several of the towns. Blackstone, Hopedale, Mendon, 
Milford, Northbridge, and Uxbridge are to share in the ex- 
pense of printing the records of the Proprietors of Mendon, 
the parent town, and this action is commended to other 
towns. 



xxii PUBLIC RECORDS. [Jan.'98. 

How insignificant would be the cost of printing the early 
records of Springfield, for instance, to her and her children 
(Westfield, Wilbraham, West Springfield, Ludlow, Long- 
meadow, Chicopee) and her grandchildren (Russell, South- 
wick, Hampden, Agawam, Holyoke, and East Longmeadow) . 

The earliest records could soon be printed at trifling ex- 
pense to any one town, if the towns would enter into such 
equitable arrangements. 

The printing by the town of Weston of its early tax lists 
is a good example for other ancient towns to follow. The 
Worcester publications, below mentioned, complete the 
records for the period when Worcester was a town. 

The following have been added, since the last report, to 
the records printed by the cities and towns : — 

Fitchburg. The Proprietors' Records of the Town of Lunen- 
burg, including Fitchburg and part of Ashby, 1729-1833. Com- 
piled by Walter A. Davis, city clerk, Fitchburg, 1897. 

Weston. The Tax Lists, 1757-1827. Edited by Miss Mary 
Frances Peirce. Boston, 1897. 

Worcester. Worcester Town Records, 1833-1844. Edited 
by Franklin P. Rice. Worcester, 1895. Nos. 48, 49, 50, of the 
Worcester Society of Antiquity Collections. Worcester, 1895. 



Town Halls. 

A number of the towns have had library buildings given 
to them by former or present townsmen or towns women. 
Some of the donors have been thoughtful enough to provide 
for town offices in these, with spacious vaults, and I would 
respectfully suggest to any having in mind such a gift to 
a small town where there is little probability of the erection 
of a separate building for a town hall, to include this pro- 
vision, as making the gift doubly valuable. If a codicil to 
a will is needed to carry out the provision, I trust it will be 
speedily added. 

ROBERT T. SWAN, 

Commissioner. 



Churches, Parishes, 

Precincts, and Religious Societies, 

Present and Past, 

IN 

MASSACHUSETTS. 



Historical Data 



CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 



The duty imposed upon the commissioner, authorized by chap- 
ter 65 of the Resolves of 1884, was to report upon the custody 
and condition of the public records of the parishes, towns, and 
counties of the Commonwealth. Parishes and churches are so 
intimately related that it became necessary to pursue investiga- 
tion by consulting the persons having the custody of the records 
coming under the general term church. It was soon apparent 
that the distinction between church, parish, and religious society 
had not impressed itself upon the greater part of the custodians 
of those records. Moreover, the indiscriminate use of the terms 
church, parish, precinct, and society in the laws and records from 
the earliest days of the colonies to the present time had made it 
well nigh impossible for a person having the distinction in mind 
to decide upon designations and dates. In many cases the clerk 
of an ancient church had no knowledge of the early records of 
the parish formerly connected with it, those being found in the 
custody of the clerk of the town which had succeeded the parish. 

When, therefore, under the provisions of chapter 333 of the 
Acts of 1892 it became my duty "to take such action as may be 
necessary to put the public records of the counties, cities, towns, 
churches, parishes, or religious societies of the Commonwealth in 
the custody and condition contemplated by the various laws relat- 
ing to such records, and to secure their preservation," more defi- 
nite information was needed concerning them, especially with the 
end in view of having the records of extinct churches and societies 
placed in the custody of the town clerks. 

An attempt to obtain the information regarding the records of 
the churches, parishes, and religious societies was made by means 
of a circular sent to the pastor of every organization in the State, 
commonly called church. This asked that the blank which was 
enclosed should be handed to the clerk of the organization, 
whether under the title of church, parish, or society, or if more 
than one existed to the clerk of each, for the return of certain 
information asked for. In answer to a little over two thousand 



4 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 

circulars sent out, but about eight hundred replies were received. 
A second circular was then sent to those who had not replied, 
and a considerable number more replies were received, but it soon 
became apparent that this method would not procure the neces- 
sary information. Moreover, a greater part of the replies showed 
such utter ignorance of the facts asked for — v legal name of the 
organization, whether incorporated or not, and especially of the 
distinction between church, and society or parish — that no depend- 
ence could be placed upon them. Much of the ignorance came 
from the loss of old records or the incompleteness of later. The 
investigation was finally limited to the seven principal denomina- 
tions, excepting the Eoman Catholic: viz., Baptist, Congrega- 
tional, Methodist Episcopal, Protestant Episcopal, Unitarian, and 
Universalist, as the oldest churches as a rule were to be found 
among them, and because it was impossible to obtain lists of the 
organizations of some of the minor denominations. The presen- 
tation is intended to include all the churches (so called) in the 
yearly lists of these six denominations. 

The Roman Catholic churches, though ranking fourth in num- 
ber in the State in 1885, have been omitted, as they have no form 
of organization necessary for the business transactions which are 
a part of the life of other denominations. Services are held with- 
out organization or incorporation, and the replies received to 
inquiries sent out made it apparent that to have included these 
churches would have been to have presented simply a list of them, 
each under its present and only name. 

So many persons supposed to have records at hand had no 
knowledge of the facts which might play an important part in 
legal proceedings (and had played such a part in past years, as 
shown in many of the cases reported in the Massachusetts term 
reports) that it became necessary these facts should be estab- 
lished as far as possible by research. I therefore have, at such 
times as could be spared from more urgent work, gathered from 
various sources the information presented. These sources have 
been returns upon the blanks before referred to ; town and church 
histories; historical addresses; "Abstracts of certificates of cor- 
porations," issued annually by the Secretary of the Common- 
wealth; the acts of the Legislature; the Massachusetts term 
reports ; and correspondence. Church, parish, and society records 
would undoubtedly furnish much more information, but neither 
time nor money has been available for the labor of searching for 
and among those. 

It is hoped that the presentation of what it has been possible to 
ascertain, showing, as it does, how much is lacking, will arouse 



s RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 5 

an interest in the subject which will lead persons connected with 
the various religious bodies of the Commonwealth to see that miss- 
ing records are searched for, and their various organizations put 
upon a legal basis, which can be easily done under the provisions 
of chapter 404 of the Acts of 1887. I feel sure a very large per- 
centage of the organizations calling themselves churches would 
find it impossible to take action in business matters that could not 
be set aside for irregularity or illegality. 

That much information is wanting a casual glance at the suc- 
ceeding pages will show, and that much is incorrect is more than 
probable, but I could not omit it. To illustrate : upon the returns 
made by a church or parish clerk, or perhaps by both, it will be 
stated that the church and parish were organized upon the same 
day, and both incorporated upon that day, when the probabilities 
are that there may be but one organization, but, if two, that 
neither is incorporated, while it is almost certain that both are 
not. Having the signatures to the returns, I have not felt at 
liberty to omit the statements. 

Much of the information, however, is absolutely correct, being 
taken from official data, but much of this will undoubtedly be 
disputed, being at variance with the statements returned, and to 
be found in histories. Some of these statements have been 
general, such as the quite common one that the Methodist Epis- 
copal churches are never incorporated, or that there were no 
records earlier than a certain date, when in fact many of these 
churches have been incorporated, and extracts from earlier records 
are in print. In many cases the answer to the asked for date of 
incorporation has been "never incorporated," when the incorpora- 
tion, and even re-incorporation, is found in the laws. 

Incorporated names returned are at variance with those in the 
official records, the carelessness of recording officers, or the loss 
of records probably being responsible therefor. Many differences 
of a year in dates will appear, persons making returns not under- 
standing the method of double dating before 1752. 

The accurate official data has been obtained from (1) the incor- 
porating acts, many of which have been found in the manuscript 
volumes of the General Court records ; (2) from acts changing 
names, where both the new and former names appear; (3) from 
the Massachusetts law reports, where the legal name has been 
recited in a suit, or the suit itself may have been upon the validity 
of a name ; and (4) from certificates filed with the Secretary of 
the Commonwealth. 

Many inconsistencies will be noticed, and names appear which 
seem to contradict the theory of a distinction between church and 



6 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

society. The following will illustrate this point. "The Religious 
Society in Nantucket known as the First Congregational Church" 
and the " Church and Parish of the Confederate Society in Salem," 
are both quotations from the laws. "The First Congregational 
Society in Troy" was incorporated Feb. 9, 1821, yet in 1845 the 
name of ' ' The First Congregational Church and Society in Troy " 
was changed to "The First Congregational Society in Fall River." 
The "New Church in Charlestown" was incorporated under that 
name, Feb. 11, 1819 ; yet when the name was changed, March 16, 
1837, to "Harvard Church in Charlestown," the act recited the 
old name as the "New Church Society in Charlestown." In the 
act incorporating "A Religious Society of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church, by the name of Trinity Church" in Bridgewater, it 
is enacted ' ' That the Wardens and Vestry of said Trinity Church, 
Society, or Parish" etc. In many of the incorporating acts the 
phraseology is "the name of the society shall be the church" 

The time of organization of the churches or societies was found 
so difficult to decide upon that no elates are given, but the best 
authenticated date, if any can be found, when an organization 
assumed a distinct existence, follows the name of the organiza- 
tion. Even these dates have been very difficult to fix upon. 
Historians widely differ, and records are deficient. In the earlier 
days preaching was often held for a long time before any church 
was formed, and the date of the commencement of preaching has 
been fixed upon as the beginning of the church. The ordination 
of the first minister has also been considered the date. The 
date of formation of classes for public worship, especially in 
the Methodist-Episcopal denomination, or the commencement of 
preaching in a town in a circuit, is sometimes given as the date of 
organization. 

The most difficult matter, however, has been to decide what 
existing church or parish is entitled to be considered the legal 
successor of an original church or parish, from which there had 
been a secession, or where a church or society had become virt- 
ually extinct and two later came into the vicinity. The decision 
of the court in 1820, in the celebrated Declham case (1G Mass. 
488), that " an adhering minority of a local or territorial parish, 
and not a seceding majority, constitutes the church of such parish 
to all civil purposes," aroused a feeling of unjust treatment in 
the majority of the church-going people, and, though they were 
obliged to submit, they held to the feeling that they were still the 
church. Cases are many where the majorit}^ of a parish refused 
to appropriate money to pay the minister after the courts had 
decided they must. This feeling has led historians to claim that 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 7 

churches newly organized by the " seceding majority" were in fact 
the original church in the parish, and entitled to the ancient date, 
when by the letter of the law the "adhering minority," though, 
as was often the case, consisting of but two or three, constituted 
the original church. 

Laying aside all personal opinion as to the justice or injustice 
of this decision, and discarding the denominational prejudices of 
town or church historians, I have, in all cases where the question 
of date arose from division in a church or parish, applied the 
decision of the court as best I could. Where two churches have 
sprung up where one previously existed I have assumed that the 
church having the original records was entitled to be considered 
the successor of the old. In one case, that of the First Church 
in Cambridge, I have not been able to draw any conclusion from 
the conflicting evidence. 

That my conclusions in some cases will not be concurred in I 
well know, but if discussion shall bring forward evidence, it may 
lead to incorporation or reincorporation of churches or parishes, 
to their future benefit in determining legal rights. A suit is now 
in progress in Lowell, between the First Congregational Society 
and the First Unitarian Church, for possession of a meeting-house, 
the question being who is the legal successor of the body originally 
owning it. 

Some explanation of the names of the churches and parishes 
seems necessary. Upon the blanks, previously mentioned, the 
former name or names of the churches, parishes, and societies 
were asked for. x Very little attention was given to furnishing 
them, most of those presented having been ascertained by investi- 
gation. In many cases the name of the place in which a church 
existed has been assumed to have been its former name. For 
instance, the church now in Blandford was organized in 1735 in 
Hopkinton, and moved to the Plantation of Glasco, which in 1741 
became Blandford. The name of the church for the first six 
years is, therefore, given as the church in Glasco. Villages which 
afterward became towns with the village name, had churches, and 
in such cases the church name ante-dates the town. In some 
cases the clerk gave a title of his own to the records, and the 
name there used was accepted and continued until a later clerk, 
for brevity, or for reasons known only to himself, adopted another 
name, which had its period of acceptance. Churches have been 
called first, second, third, etc., because they existed in that order 
of organization, though the number was never part of the name, 
and churches properly bearing the name had become extinct. 
Precincts and parishes have been so numbered for the same reason, 



8 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

or have been designated by the points of the compass, changing 
as they were divided, what was the westerly, for instance, becom- 
ing the easterly after the easterly was set off as a town, and the 
remaining precinct divided into east and west. 

Persons named in an incorporating act as of a certain town 
were often incorporated as the "First Congregational Society," 
or "The Second Parish," with no designation of locality, and in 
such cases the corporate name is given under the town presenta- 
tion, leaving the town name to be inferred. A few cases occur 
where two precincts or parishes are incorporated as "one parish" 
without a name. Where this occurs explanatory notes are gen- 
erally inserted. In all names of churches, parishes, or societies 
taken from the laws, the exact title is given, including "The," 
and the abbreviation " St." when so printed. 

Question will undoubtedly arise why the oldest church in a 
town sometimes bears date so much later than the town. This 
may be because the ancient church has become extinct, but more 
frequently because the earliest church was in a part of the town 
set off as, or as part of, another town. 

Where a parish or precinct was incorporated without a name, 
the territory described being set off as a parish or precinct, the 
name or number which it took in common parlance has been 
given. The part of the town remaining after the first distinct 
parish was set off became by custom the first parish, and that 
title has been applied. 

The incorporation of the proprietors of a meeting-house will 
sometimes be found to ante-date the organization of the church 
or society which occupied it. The reason for this is easily under- 
stood. A few persons met for worship in houses, halls, or else- 
where, until such time as individuals were willing to combine and 
furnish money for a meeting-house. Upon its completion worship 
in it was commenced, and, the congregation naturally increasing, 
a church or society was formed, and after incorporation had the 
meeting-house conveyed to it. 

The trustees of ministerial funds, found to have been incor- 
porated in so many of the towns, were authorized for the handling 
of the "ministerial lands," which, under the statute of 1646, were 
set apart for the support of the ministry. As the sale of such 
lands became a necessity, these bodies of trustees were formed 
for the care of the funds acquired. Whether or not these cor- 
porations are existing would be, at least, interesting to know. 

For the information regarding the extinct churches (using the 
term generally) little claim to accuracy can be made, excepting for 
such as have been found in the official publications previously 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 9 

referred to. With the view, however, of bringing out negative 
information, all organizations found mentioned in print have been 
included with facts as stated, and it may be the means of bringing 
such to the recollection of persons who may have information 
regarding records, which will lead to their discovery. The date 
of the dissolution or extinction of a church or society is very 
difficult to fix upon. The reasons for this are numerous. A 
greater part of them have "died out," as the historians usually 
term it, and in such cases the records were never written up to 
any fixed date of dissolution ; the loss of records leaves the date 
uncertain ; the dismissal of the minister by the town, but not by 
the church, and his continued preaching for a time, has caused 
two dates to be claimed ; and the fact of the secession of a congre- 
gation has been claimed as being the time of the dissolution of a 
society, though an "adhering minority" kept up a feeble organi- 
zation for a short time after. 

Any one engaged upon statistical or historical work has observed 
that persons who might furnish data asked for are very ready to 
criticise or dispute the conclusions reached by the compiler or 
historian. To such, and to all others, I would say, in the words 
of the ancient preface, "Reader, thou art desired to Correct with 
thy Pen these few Faults more that have escaped." Especially is 
it desired that the fact of incorporation, with the date, which in 
early days might be a matter of record only on the books of the 
corporation, should be supplied. 

If the information here set forth shall be corrected or supple- 
mented, what value the presentation may now have will be 
increased. 



10 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



Part I. 



Existing Organizations. 

Following is presented the name of every existing church, and 
of every parish, society, body of meeting-house owners, and board 
of trustees of ministerial funds, in the Commonwealth, connected, 
now or formerly, with any existing organization known under the 
common title of church, included in the annual lists, for the year 
1896, of the seven largest denominations, excepting the Roman 
Catholic, viz., Baptist, Congregational, Methodist Episcopal, 
Protestant Episcopal, Unitarian, and Universalist. 

In this presentation the names of all the cities and towns are 
given in alphabetical order, no distinction being made between 
them in the style of type, a large part of the churches (so called) 
having been organized at the time the several cities were towns. 
Under the name of each city and town are given alphabetically 
by denominations the usual distinguishing names of the churches 
of each denomination. Following the distinguishing name of 
the church is, chronologically given, the recorded or legal name, 
or names, by which it is, or has successively been, known. In a 
few instances, where there is no church organization at present, 
the parish name is first given. If there are or have been any 
connected societies, parishes, precincts, meeting-house corpora- 
tions, or boards of trustees, such as could be discovered follow in 
the order named, chronologically by kind of organization, the 
kind being emphasized by printing the words "church," "parish," 
"precinct," " society " "proprietors of meeting-house," and 
"trustees," in a different type from the accompanying text. 

The date immediately following any distinguishing name is 
given as the time from which the organization named may be 
said to have assumed a distinct existence. Where no dates are 
given, data was either wanting, or conflicting, and could not be 
determined. 

Incorporation is indicated by the abbreviation "inc." Names 
and dates in italics are official, being either from records of the 
Commonwealth or the Massachusetts law reports, where the name 
has been judicially recognized. Where words in a legal name 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 11 

appear in a different type from the rest of the name, it is 
intended to emphasize the distinction between the various kinds 
of organizations. 



ABINGTON. 
Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of North Abington, Massachusetts, April -, 
1886 ; inc. , 1887. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church in Abington, Mass., Nov. 17, 

1714; inc. Dec. 27, 1893. First Parish in Abington, , 

1832. 

Fourth. Fourth Congregational Church in Abington, Mass., Oct. 3, 
1839. Fourth Parish in Abington, April -, 1839. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society, , 1888. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Abington, April 20, 1836 ; inc. April 
25, 1859. Proprietors of the Universalist Meeting House. 
(The meeting-house was appraised and given to the society 
July 19, 1864.) 

ACTON. 

Baptist — 
West Acton. The West Acton Baptist Church, July 10, 1846. 

Congregational — 
Acton. Evangelical Church in Acton, Mar. 13, 1832. Evangelical 
Society in Acton, , 1832. 

South Acton. The South Acton Congregational Church, , 1893; 

inc. Aug. 22, 1893. 

Universalist — 

South Acton. South Acton Universalist Church, , 1887. South 

Acton Universalist Parish, Mar. 26, 1866. 

West Acton. West Acton Universalist Church, — -, 1876. West 
Acton Universalist Society, Jan. -, 1859. 



ACUSHNET. 

Baptist — 
Long Plain. The Long Plain Baptist Church, Oct. 1G, 1838 ; inc. Sejit. 
5, 1895. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Acushnet. Acushnet Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Long Plain. Long Plain Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1857. 



12 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



ADAMS. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Adams, Mar. 18, 1885 ; inc. Nov. 28, 
1887. (The original First is now in North Adams.) 

Second. Second Baptist Church of Adams, July 1, 1826. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Adams, Mass., inc. April 13, 
1894; Congregational Church of South Adams, Jan. 1, 1840. 
Orthodox Congregational Society of Adams, Oct. 16, 1841 ; 
inc. Oct. 16, 1841. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church of Adams, Mass. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Parish, Adams, Mass., July 6, 1867 ; reor- 
ganized May 24, 1873. 

Universalist — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Universalist Church, June 14, 1872. First 
Universalist Society of Adams, April 7, 1844; inc. , 1844. 



AGAWAM. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Agawam, Massachusetts, Aug. 2, 1856 ; 
inc. Mar. 13, 1896.' First Baptist Church of West Spring- 
field, Jan. 26, 1790; Agawam Baptist Church and Society, 
Jan. 1, 1823. 

Congregational — 

Agawam. The Agawam Congregational Church of Agawam, Massa- 
chusetts, Sept. 1, 1819 ; inc. Jan. 14, 1892. The Agawam 

Congregational Society, ,1831. Trustees of the Agawam 

Congregational Fund, inc. June 15, 1822. 

Feeding Hills. Feeding Hills Congregational Church; Sixth Church 
of Christ in Springfield, Nov. 10, 1762. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Feeding Hills. Methodist Episcopal Church, Feeding Hills, Mass., 

, 1802. 

A L F O R D . 

Congregational — 
Alford. Congregational Church, Aug. 13, 1846. (Reorganized from 
the first Church). The Church in Alford, , 1779. 



AMESBURY. 

Baptist — 
Market Street. Market Street Baptist Church ; Salisbury and Ames- 
bury Baptist Church, Sept. 14, 1821 ; Salisbury and Amesbury 
Branch of the Brentwood (N. H.) Church, Sept. 27, 1780. 
The First Baptist Society in Amesbury, inc. Feb. 25, 1811 ; 
First Baptist Society in Salisbury, inc. Feb. 17, 1812. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 13 

Congregational — 
Main Street. The Main Street Congregational Church of Amesbury, 
Nov. 30, 1887 ; The Salisbury and Amesbury Mills District 
Second Congregational Church, Dec. 6, 1831. Main Street 
Congregational Society of Amesbury, Jan. 24, 1887 ; inc. April 
9, 1891 ; Congregational Society of Amesbury and Salisbury 
Mills Village, Mar. 1, 1841; The Salisbury and Amesbury 
Second Congregational Society, April 16, 1832; The Ames- 
bury and Salisbury Mills District Second Congregational 
Society, Feb. 20, 1832. Proprietors of the Congregational 

Meeting House in Amesbury and Salisbury Mills Village, , 

1841 ; Proprietors of the Meeting House of the Congregational 

Society in Salisbury and Amesbury , 1826 ; inc. Feb. 4, 

1828. 

Rocky Hill or West. Second or West Parish Church in Salisbury, 
Nov. 19, 1718. West Parish in Salisbury, inc. Mar. 15, 1 793. 

Salisbury Point Union Evangelical Church of Amesbury; Union 
Evangelical Church of Salisbury and Amesbury, Oct. 14, 
1835. Union Evangelical Society of Amesbury ; Union Evan- 
gelical Society of Salisbury and Amesbury, Dec. 5, 1835. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Amesbury, , 1846. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint James's. Saint James's Protestant Episcopal Church, Feb. 18, 
1846 ; inc. Feb. 11, 1846. Wardens, Vestry, and Proprietors 
of Saint James Church in Amesbury, inc. Mar. 22, 1839. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, April 28, 1872. First Universalist 
Parish, April 6, 1874. First Universalist Society of Ames- 
bury and Salisbury, Feb. 13, 1871 ; The First Universalist 
Society in Salisbury, inc. Feb. 22, 1812. 



AMHERST. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church in Amherst, Aug. 3, 1832. 

Congregational — 
College. Church of Christ in Amherst College, Mar. 7, 1826. 

First. First Church in Amherst; The Church of Christ in Hadley, 
Third Precinct, Nov. 7, 1739. First Parish in Amherst, Dec. 
10, 1783. Third Precinct of Hadley. Trustees of the Minis- 
terial Fund in the First Parish in Amherst, inc. Feb 13, 
1816. 

North. North Church of Amherst, Nov. 15, 1826. Amherst North 
Parish, inc. Mar. 17, 1831. Congregational Union Society 
in Amherst, June 8, 1826 ; inc. Nov. 28, 1829. Trustees of the 
Ministerial Fund of the Congregational Union Society in 
Amherst, inc. Mar. 6,1827 ; Trustees of the Ministerial Fund 
of Amherst North Parish, inc. Mar. 17, 1831. 

Second. The Second Church in Amherst, Nov. 11, 1782. Second Parish 
in the town of Amherst, inc. June 19,1 783. 

South. South Congregational Church in Amherst, July 2, 1858 ; 
Amherst South Church, Oct. 14, 1824. 



14 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 

North Amherst. North Amherst Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1842. 

Wesley. Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, Aug. -, 1875. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, Sept. 20, 1864; inc. April 17, 1865. Grace 
Church Parish, Sept. 20, 1864 ; inc. April 17, 1865. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Parish of Amherst, Nov. 15, 1887 ; inc. Nov. 
17,1887. 

ANDOVER. 

Baptist - 
Baptist. Baptist Church, July 17, 1858. 

Congregational — 
Ballardvale. Ballardvale Union Church, Dec. 31, 1854. 

Free Christian. Free Christian Church of Andover, May 7, 1846. 
Free Christian Society of Andover, Nov. 29, 1845. 

Seminary. Congregational Church in Andover Theological Seminary, 
Nov. 1, 1865 ; First Seminary Church, Aug. 22, 1816. 

South. South Church, Oct. 17, 1711. South Parish, June 18, 1709; 
South Precinct in Andover, inc. Nov. 2, 1 708 ; The Trustees 
of the Ministerial Fund in the South Parish in Andover, inc. 
Feb. 16,1810. 

West. West Church of Andover, Nov. 28, 1826. West Parish in Andover, 
Mar. 1, 1827 ; inc. Mar 3, 1827* 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ballardvale. Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. -, 1850. Trustees of 
the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Andover, inc. Mar. 
7, 1832. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, Aug. 6, 1835; inc. April 7, 1837; Protestant 
Episcopal Church of Andover, Aug. 6, 1835 ; inc. April 7, 
1837. Proprietors of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 
Andover, inc. April 18, 1855; Proprietors of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in Andover, inc. April 7, 1837. 



ARLINGTON. 

Baptist — 
Arlington. Arlington Baptist Church, June 17, 1867 ; West Cambridge 
Baptist Church, , 1811. 

Congregational — 
Arlington. Orthodox Congregational Church ; West Cambridge Ortho- 
dox Congregational Church, Dec. 14, 1842. Arlington Ortho- 
dox Congregational Society, inc. May 29, 1885; Orthodox 
Congregational Society in West Cambridge ; West Cambridge 
Orthodox Congregational Society, Jan. 2, 1843. 

*" Probably the very last purely ecclesiastical parish in the Commonwealth." 
Mass. Ecclesiastical Law, Buck. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 15 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Oct. 27, 
1875. Saint John's Parish, Jan. 19, 1876. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Parish of Arlington, , 1867 ; First Con- 
gregational Parish of West Cambridge, , 1807. Second 

Church in Cambridge, Sept. 9, 1739. Second Parish in Cam- 
bridge. Cambridge North- West Precinct, , 1734. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, , 1867 ; West Cambridge Uni- 
versalist Church, Sept. 1, 1842. First Universalist Society of 
Arlington, April 3, 1867 ; inc. May 29, 1885; First Univer- 
salist Society in West Cambridge, about 1828. 



ASHBURNHAM. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, April 23, 1760. First Congrega- 
tional Society, April 12, 1824; inc. April 27, 1824. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Ashburnham, June 19, 1860 ; 
Union Church, North Ashburnham, Feb. 21, 1843. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ashburnham. Ashburnham Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1832. 



A S H B Y . 

Congregational — 
Ashby. Orthodox Congregational Church in Ashby, — -, 1821 ; inc. 
April 17, 1885. Second Parish, dissolved June 17, 1885. 
Calvinistic Congregational Society, Oct. 27, 1819. 

Unitarian — 
Unitarian. Congregational Church of Ashby, June 12, 1776. First 
Parish of Ashby. 

ASHFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Ashfield Plain. The Ashfield Plain Baptist Church, Jan. 13, 1867 ; 
inc. Oct. 3, 1868. 

Congregational — 

Ashfield. Congregational Church in Ashfield, , 1765 ; Church in 

Huntstown, Feb. 22, 1763. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Protestant Episcopal Parish of Saint John's Church in 
Ashfield, June 15, 1820 ; inc. June 18, 1825. 



ASHLAND. 

Baptist — 
Ashland. Ashland Baptist Church, July 2, 1846 ; Unionville Baptist 
Church, Oct. -, 1843. Ashland Baptist Parish, dissolved April 
2, 1872. 



16 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, Ashland, Mass., , 1846 ; Union- 

ville Evangelical Church, Jan. 21, 1835. First Parish in 
Ashland, Dec. 30, 1846; inc. Mar. 28, 1889; Unionville 
Evangelical Society, Feb. 17, 1835. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ashland. Ashland Methodist Episcopal Church, July 15, 1868. 



ATHOL. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Athol, inc. April 20, 1892; Baptist 
Church in Athol, April 13, 1813. 

Congregational — 
Athol. Congregational Church, Aug. 29, 1830. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Athol. Athol Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 30, 1851. 

South Athol. South Athol Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1836. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church J about 1866. Saint John's Parish. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Unitarian Church of Athol, May 25, 1851 ; 
First Church in Perqeuage, Aug. 29, 1750. First Congre- 
gational Unitarian Society of Athol, April 12, 1881 ; First 
Congregational Society, Nov. 6, 1830. 

Second. Second Unitarian Society, June 11, 1877 ; inc. June 11, 1877. 



ATTLEBOROUGH. 
Congregational — 
Second. The Second Congregational Church of Attleborough, Massa- 
chusetts, inc. Mar. 1, 1893; East Church in Attleborough, 
Nov. 30, 1748. The Second Congregational Parish in Attle- 
borough, inc. Feb. 24, 1807. Second Parish in Attleborough, 
April 7, 1743 ; Congregational Society in the Second Precinct 
in Attleborough, Mar. 30, 1807 ; inc. Feb. 24, 1807 ; A Pre- 
cinct, inc. April 7,1743; Proprietors of the Meeting-House, 
Feb. 24, 1824. {Proprietors deeded the meeting-house to the 
Society May 31, 1838, and deeded it to the Parish Dec. 17, 
1860.) 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Davis Centenary. Davis Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Attleborough, Massachusetts, Mar. 10, 1866. Trustees of 
Davis Centenary Methodist Episcopal Society of Attleborough. 
(Corporate organization legalized April 11, 1893.) 

Hebronville and Dodgeville. Methodist Episcopal Church of Hebron- 
ville and Dodgeville, April 4, 1875. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
All Saints'. All Saints' Mission, July 23, 1890. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 17 

Universalist — 

Murray. Murray Universalist Church of Attleborough, , 1890; 

Second Universalist Church of Attleborough, , 1878. Mur- 
ray Universalist Society of Attleborough, May 11, 1881 ; inc. 
May — , 1881. Murray Universalist Parish of Attleborough, 
June 19, 1875. 



AUBURN. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church in Auburn, Mass., inc. Bee. 16 ', 
1889 ; Auburn Congregational Church, , 1837 ; Congre- 
gational Church in Ward, , 1778 ; Church in the South 

Parish of Worcester, Jan. 25, 1776. First Religious Society 
in Ward, Mar. 24, 1824. South Precinct in Worcester, June 
19, 1773. 



AVON. 

Baptist — 

Avon. Avon Baptist Church, April 13, 1888 ; inc. April 9, 1888; 

East Stoughton Baptist Church, inc. May 27, 1885; Baptist 

Church in Stoughton, Aug. 24, 1780 ; The Trustees of the First 

Baptist Church and Society in Stoughton, inc. June 16, 1831. 



AYER. 

Baptist — x 

First. First Baptist Church, Ayer, Mass., Feb. -, 1871 ; South Groton 
Baptist Church, July 2, 1851. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church in Ayer, June 3, 1887 ; inc. 
June 3, 1887; South Groton Orthodox Congregational 
Church; Groton Junction Orthodox Congregational Church, 
Sept. 5, 186L The Orthodox Congregational Society in Ayer, 
inc. Mar. 11,1887 ; The Orthodox Congregational Society of 
Groton Junction, , 1867 ; The Union Orthodox Congrega- 
tional Society of Groton Junction, Sept. 19, 1864. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ayer. Ayer Methodist Episcopal Church, May 23, 1869. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Parish of Ayer, Feb. 18, 1884; inc. Mar. 5, 
1886. South Groton Christian Union, Aug. 12, 1855. First 
Congregational Unitarian Society, — -, 1867, reorganized 

July 23, 1872 ; Unitarian Society, , 1864 ; Union Society, 

Mar. 3, 1862. 



BARNSTABLE. 

Baptist — 

Hyannis. Hyannis Baptist Church, , 1772 ; inc. , 1772. Hyannis 

Baptist Society, , 1772 ; The First Baptist Society in Barn- 
stable and Yarmouth, inc. Feb. 23, 1809. 

Second. Second Baptist Church in Barnstable, April 17, 1830. Second 
Baptist Society in Osterville, April 17, 1830. 



18 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Centreville. Congregational Church of Christ in Centreville, May 
23, 1840 ; The South Congregational or Third Church of Barn- 
stable, Aug. 6, 1816. The South Congregational Society in 
Barnstable, inc. Feb. 7, IS 18; Matthewan Congregational 
and Calvinistic Society, Feb. 26, 1816. 

Hyannis. Hyannis Congregational Church, Jan. 3, 1854. Evangelical 
Congregational Society of Hyannis, July 31, 1854. 

West Barnstable. West Barnstable Congregational Church; The 
Church in Barnstable, Oct. 11, 1639. (Originally organized 
in Scituate, Jan. 18, 1635.) West Parish in Barnstable, inc. 
— -, 1716. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Barnstable. Barnstable Methodist Episcopal Church, organized before 

1818. 

Centreville. Centreville Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1877. 

Osterville. Osterville Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 30, 1847. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Mary's. Saint Mary's Church, Sept. 8, 1888 ; inc. Sept. 8, 1888. 
Saint Mary's Parish, Sept. 8, 1888 ; inc. Sept. 8, 1888. 

Unitarian — 
Second or East. Second or East Church in Barnstable, May 12, 1725. 

East Parish Congregational Society in Barnstable, , 1717 ; 

inc. , 1717. Trustees of the Barnstable Congregational 

Ministerial Fund, inc. Feb. 4, 1828. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society of Hyannis, Jan. 25, 1875. 



BARRE. 

Baptist — 
First. Barre Baptist Church, Oct. 10, 1832. The First Baptist Society 
in Barre, June 17, 1816 ; inc. June 1 7, 1816 ; First Religious 
Society in Barre, Aug. 21, 1811. 

Congregational — 
Barre. The Evangelical Congregational Church in Barre, Aug. 15, 
1827. Evangelical Congregational Society in the Town of 
Barre, Aug. -, 1828 ; inc. Feb. 24, 1829. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Barre. Barre Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1844. 

Unitarian — 
First Parish. The Church of the First Parish in Barre ; The Congre- 
gational Church ol Rutland District, July 29, 1753. The 
First Parish in Barre, April 29, 1818. Congregational Society 
of Rutland District. 

BECKET. 
Baptist — 
Becket. Becket Baptist Church, Sept. -, 1764. Becket Baptist Society, 
1851 ; Evangelical Society, June 23, 1843. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 19 

Congregational — 

Becket Centre. First Congregational Church, , 1765 ; Church in 

Plantation No. 4 (probably), Dec. 28, 1758. The First Con- 
gregational Society in the town of Becket, inc. Feb. 17, 1798. 
The Proprietors of the Meeting House in the First Congrega- 
tional Society in Becket, inc. June 10, 1808. 

North Becket. First Congregational Church, North Becket, Sept. 25, 
1849. First Congregational Society, North Becket, Oct. 13, 
1849. 

BEDFORD. 

Congregational — 

Bedford. Trinitarian Church, , 1833. Trinitarian Congregational 

Society, Nov. 9, 1832 ; inc. , 1833 ; First Congregational 

Society. 

Unitarian — 
First Parish. Church in Bedford, July 15, 1730. First Parish in 
Bedford. 

BELCHERTOWN. 

Baptist - 
Belchertown. Belchertown Baptist Church, June 8, 1795. Baptist 
Religious Society in Belchertown, inc. Jan. 22, 1823. 

Congregational — 
Belchertown. The Congregational Church in Belchertown, inc. Mar. 
16, 1891; Church in Belchertown, — -, 1761; Church in 
Cold Spring, , 1737. Congregational Society in Bel- 
chertown, — -, 1823 ; inc. , 1823. Proprietors of the 

Meeting- House. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Belchertown. Methodist Episcopal Church of Belchertown, Mar. 29, 
1865 ; inc. Mar. 29, 1865. 

Dwight. Dwight Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1890. Dwight 

Chapel of the Union Society ; Methodist Episcopal Society, 
; 1890. Union Society. 



BELLINGHAM. 
Baptist - 
First. First Baptist Church in Bellingham, Oct. -, 1812 ; Baptist Church 
in Bellingham, Jan. 23, 1738. The First Baptist Society in 
Bellingham, inc. Feb. 21,1811. 

North Bellingham. North Bellingham Baptist Church, Oct. 13, 1867. 



BELMONT. 

Congregational — 
Waverly. First Congregational Church of Waverly, July 11, 1865. 
First Congregational Society of Waverly, Feb. 29, 1868 ; inc. 
Feb. 29, 1868. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
All Saints'. All Saints' Guild, Oct. 31, 1887. 



20 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
Belmont. Belmont Congregational Church, Oct. 26, 1857. Belmont 

Congregational {Society, Feb. 5, 1856. Proprietors of the 

Meeting- House. 
Waverly. Waverly Unitarian Society, Dec. 19, 1891 ; inc. Jan. 7, 1892. 

Christian Union Society, , 1885 ; inc. , 1891. 



BERKLEY. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church in Berkley, Nov. 2, 1737 ; inc. 
Mar. 2, 1891. Free Christian Society in Berkley, inc. June 
7, 1814. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the Town of 
Berkley, inc. June 9, 1813. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Berkley. Berkley Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 5, 1873. 

Myrick's. First Methodist Episcopal Church, Myrick's, April 26, 1871. 
Myricksville Methodist Protestant Church. 



BERLIN. 

Congregational — 
Berlin. Congregational Church. First Parish and Congregational 
Society, 1843 ; Evangelical Congregational Society in Berlin, 
Mar. 25, 1833. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Berlin. Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1856. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society of Berlin, Nov. 27, 1871. 



BERNARDSTON. 
Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Bernardston, Jan. 11, 1808; inc. 
May 25, 1895. First Baptist Society in Bernardston, inc. 
Mar 8,1808. 

Congregational — 

Bernardston. Orthodox Congregational Church of Bernardston, , 

1833 ; First Presbyterian Church, , 1831 ; Evangelical 

Congregational Church, Jan. 13, 1824. Orthodox Congrega- 
tional Society of Bernardston, , 1833 ; First Presb^erian 

Society, , 1831 ; Evangelical Congregational Society, , 

1823. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Bernardston. Methodist Episcopal Society of Bernardston, Mass., 
April 5, 1842. 

Unitarian — 

Bernardston. Church in Bernardston, , 1762 ; Church in Falltown, 

Nov. 25, 1741 ; First Congregational Church. Congregational 
Unitarian Society of Bernardston, inc. Feb. 19, 1891 ; First 
Unitarian Society of Bernardston ; First Congregational So- 
ciety of Bernardston ; Unitarian Society of Bernardston. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 21 



BEVERLY. 

Baptist — 
First Calvinistic. The First Calvinistic Baptist Church, Mar. 25, 
1801. The First Calvinistic Baptist Society in Beverly, Sept. 
30, 1800 ; inc. June 16, 1821. 

Beverly Farms. Beverly Farms Baptist Church, , 1834. 

Congregational — 

Dane Street. Dane Street Church, Beverly, Mass., inc. , 1837. 

Third Congregational Church, Nov. 9, 1802. Dane Street 

Society in Beverly, , 1837; inc. April 19, 1837; The 

Third Congregational Society in Beverly, Nov. -, 1802 ; inc. 
Mar. 7, 1803. 

Second. Second Church, Dec. 28, 1715. Second Congregational Society 
in Beverly, inc. Mar. 30, 1866. A Precinct, inc. Oct. 24, 
1713. (Variously called Royalside Precinct, Salem and 
Beverly Precinct, North Precinct, and Second Precinct.) 

Washington Street. Washington Street Church, Feb. 8, 1837. Wash- 
ington Street Society, Feb. 28, 1837. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Avenue. Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1867 ; inc. 
April -, 1867. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Peter's. Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of Saint Peter's Church, 

Beverly, , 1867; inc. May 5, 1874; Mission of Saint 

Peter's Church, Salem, Mass., June 5, 1863. Saint Peter's 
Parish, May -, 1867 ; inc. May 5, 1874. 

Unitarian — 
First Parish. First Parish Church, Sept. 20, 1667. Trustees of the 
Ministerial Fund in the First Parish of Beverly, inc. Jan. 24, 
1832. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Beverly, , 1858. First Uni- 
versalist Parish, Feb. 17, 1840 ; inc. , 1840. Proprietors 

of the Meeting -House. (The proprietors deeded the property 
to the parish in 1858.) 



BILLERICA. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Billerica, Mass., Sept. 30, 1828 ; inc. 
.June 25, 1890, First Baptist Society. 

North. North Billerica Baptist Church, May 14, 1869. 

Congregational — 
First. Orthodox Congregational Church, April 30, 1829. First Ortho- 
dox Congregational Society, Jan. 17, 1829. 

Unitarian — 

First. Unitarian First Church, Nov. 11, 1663 ; inc. , 1835. (Society 

dissolved.) First Parish, Billerica, inc. , 1835. 



22 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

BLACKSTONE. 

Congregational — 
Blackstone. Blackstone Congregational Church, — -, 1845; South 
Congregational Church in Mendon, April 15, 1841. South 
Precinct in Mendon, inc. Nov. 8, 1 766. 

Millville. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Oustavus Adolphus Church 
of Millville, inc. Sept. 25, 1893. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Blackstone. East Blackstone Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 

18, 1868. 

Millville. Millville Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 3, 1850. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. The Parish of Saint John, May 14, 1849. 



BLANDFORD. 

Congregational — 

First. Congregational Church in Blandford, , 1800; Church in 

Blandford, , 1741 ; Church in Glasco, , 1735. First 

Christian Society in Blandford, inc. Oct. 9, 1799 ; First Relig- 
ious Society of Blandford, inc. Mar. 30, 1874; First Religious 
or Congregational Society in the Town of Blandford. 

Second. Second Congregational Society of Blandford, , 1893 ; inc. 

May 2, 1893. Second Congregational Parish of Blandford. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Blandford. Blandford Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1846. 



BOLTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Bolton, , 1835. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, Jan. 5, 1836 ; Church of Christ in 
Bolton, Nov. 4, 1741. First Parish and Religious Society in 
the Town of Bolton. First Parish in Bolton, April 13, 1778. 



BOSTON. 
Baptist — 
Baptist Bethel. First Baptist Mariner's Church, Boston, July 14, 

1850. Boston Baptist Bethel Society, inc. May 7, 1852. 

Calvary. Calvary Baptist Church, Oct. 12, 1892. The Baptist Congre- 
gation in North Russell Street, Sept. 29, 1892. 

Clarendon Street. Clarendon Street Baptist Church, Mar. 25, 1869 ; 
Rowe Street Baptist Church ; Federal Street Baptist Church, 
July 16, 1827. The Clarendon Street Baptist Society, inc. 
May 1, 1869; Rowe Street Baptist Society, Mar. 16, 1847, 
inc. April 7, 1847; The Federal Street Baptist Society, inc. 
Feb. 21, 1834. 

Ebenezer. Ebenezer Baptist Church, , 1873 ; inc. Sept. 2, 1887. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 23 

Baptist — Con. 
First. First Baptist Church, May 28, 1665. (Formed in Charlestown) . 
Shawmut Avenue Baptist Society, inc. Nov. 29, 1859. The 
Proprietors of Pews in the First Baptist Meeting House in 
Boston. 

First German. First German Baptist Church of Boston, , 1878. 

Harvard Street. Harvard Street Baptist Church, Dec. 13, 1886, inc. 
Dec. 13, 1886. Harvard Street Baptist Church and Society, 

, 1839. Harvard Street Baptist Society, inc. Mar. 23, 

1843, dissolved Dec. 13, 1886; Boylston Street Baptist 
Society. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Baptist Church, , 1805. 

Tabernacle. Tabernacle Baptist Church, Oct. 18, 1887. Bowdoin 
Square Baptist Society, inc. April 13, 1841. First Independent 
Baptist Church and Society in Boston, inc. Feb. 23, 1838. 

Tremont Temple. Tremont Temple Baptist Church, June 16, 1891 ; 
inc. June 29, 1891 ; Union Temple Baptist Church, Dec. 29, 
1863. Union Baptist Society in Boston, inc. April 16, 1846. 

Twelfth. Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, Dec. 22, 1847. 

Warren Avenue. Warren Avenue Baptist Church, Dec. -, 1864; 
Baldwin Place Baptist Church, July 27, 1743. Second Baptist 
Society in Boston, Dec. -, 1864, inc. Feb. 1 7, 1865 ; Baldwin 
Place Baptist Society in Boston, July 27, 1743 ; inc. Mar. 9, 
1840 ; Second Baptist Society in Boston, inc. Feb. 22, 1825. 

Congregational — 
Berkley Temple. Berkley Temple, inc. Jan. 17, 1894; Berkley 

Temple Church, , 1861 ; Pine Street Church, Sept. 2, 1827. 

Berkley Street Congregational Society, , 1861, inc. Jan. 28, 

1861; Pine Street Congregational Society, , 1827, inc. 

June 17, 1831. 

Central. Central Congregational Church, , 1841 ; Franklin Street 

Church, Aug. -, 1835 ; Central Church, May 11, 1835. Cen- 
tral Congregational Society, Dec. 7, 1841. Proprietors of the 
Meeting House in Franklin Street, Mar. 21, 1840. 

Mount Yernon. Mount Vernon Congregational Church, June 23, 1843 ; 
Congregational Church worshipping in Masonic Temple, 
June 1, 1842. Mount Yernon Congregational Society, Jan. 3, 
1843, inc. Sept. 7, 1843. 

Norwegian. The Norwegian Evangelical Congregational Church, Feb. 
4, 1890, inc. May 28, 1891; The Norwegian Christian 
Church, Jan. 25, 1885. 

Old South. Old South Church in Boston, April -, 1845 ; inc. Mar. 26, 
1845; Third Church in Boston, May 12, 1669. Old South 

Society in Boston, , 1859, inc. Mar. 7, 1859; Society 

of the Old South, Aug. 11, 1735. Proprietors of Pews in the 
Old South Meeting House in Boston. 

Olivet. Olivet Congregational Church of Boston, Jan. 12, 1876, inc. 
May 14, 1889. 

Park Street. Park Street Church, Feb 27, 1809. Park Street Con- 
gregational Society, April 16, 1835 ; inc. Mar. 27, 1835. 

Seamen's. Seamen's Church, Nov. 10, 1888. 



24 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Shawmut. Shawmut Congregational Church, May -, 1849; Suffolk 
Street Union Church, Nov. 20, 1845. Shawmut Congrega- 
tional Society, April 4, 1849 ; Society of Unionists, , 1846 ; 

Harrison Avenue Congregational Society in the City of Boston, 
inc. Mar. 24, 1845. 

Swedish Mission. The Swedish Congregational Church, Boston, Jan. 
1, 1887 ; inc. July 19,1887 ; The Scandinavian Free Church, 
Nov. 1, 1888. 

Union. Union Church, Aug. 26, 1822 ; Essex Street Church, inc. June 
16, 1820. Columbus Avenue Congregational Society, inc. 
Feb. 7, 1870; Essex Street Congregational Society, inc. April 
19, 1837. Proprietors of Pews in the Union Church in Essex 
Street. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Bromfield Street. Bronifield Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Methodist Religious Society of Boston, Nov. 19, 1806, inc. , 

1808. Trustees of the Methodist Religious Society in Boston, 
inc. Mar. 3, 1809. 

First Swedish. First Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, Sept. 19, 
1882 ; inc. May 20, 1886. 

Grace.* First Methodist Episcopal Church, Aug. -, 1792 ; Hanover 
Street Church, , 1825 ; South Russell Street Church. 

Mariner's. Mariner's Church, , 1828. 

People's Temple. Church Street Methodist Episcopal Church, May -, 
1834. Trustees of the Church Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, Aug. 21, 1856. 

Revere Street. Revere Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1835 ; 

May Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1823. 

Tremont Street. Trustees of the Eighth Society of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church in Boston, inc. Oct. 17, 1859 ; Trustees of 
the Newton Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, inc. 
Oct. 27, 1856. Hedding Methodist Episcopal Church, May 
13, 1846 ; Suffolk Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. 
-, 1849. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Advent. Church of the Advent, — -, 1882; Church of the Blessed 
Advent, Sept. 14, 1844. Parish of the Advent. 

Ascension. Church of the Ascension, Nov. 1, 1895. Chapel of the 
Ascension ; Emmanuel Chapel; Emmanuel Mission, , 1881. 

Christ. Christ Church, Sept. 5, 1722. Wardens and Vestry of Christ 
Church in Boston, inc. June 30, 1789. 

Emmanuel. Emmanuel Church, April 9, 1860. 

Good Shepherd. Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Mar. 18, 1877, inc. 
Mar. 18, 1877. Parish of the Good Shepherd, Mar. 18, 1877, 
inc. Mar. 18, 1877. 

Messiah. Church of the Messiah, , 1843, reorganized Mar. -, 1892. 

Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of the Church of the Messiah. 

* The deed of the church edifice to the First Methodist Episcopal Church requires 
the local name Grace to be perpetuated. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 25 

Protestant Episcopal — Con. 

Saint Andrew's. Saint Andrew's Church, , 1885. Chapel of the 

Evangelist, , 1874. 

Saint Ansgarius's. Saint Ansgarius's Church, Nov. 3, 1893; Saint 
Augustine's Church, , 1885. 

Saint John the Evangelist's. Mission Church of Saint John the 
Evangelist, Mar. 17, 1883. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, Boston, Feb. 28, 1820; inc. Jan. 
28, 1820. Proprietors of Saint Paul's Church in Boston, inc. 
Jan. 28, 1820. 

Saint Stephen's. Saint Stephen's Church, reorganized as successor to 
Saint Stephen's extinct. 

Trinity. Trinity Church in the City of Boston, April 24, 1739 ; inc. 
Mar. 12, 1831. 

Unitarian — 

Arlington Street. The Proprietors of Arlington Street Church, , 

1862, inc. Feb. 8, 1862 ; The Proprietors of the Meeting House 
in Federal Street in the town of Boston, inc. June 15, 1805. 

First Presbyterian Church, Long Lane, , 1730. Society 

in Long Lane. 

Bulfinch Place. Bulfinch Place Church, , 1894. Bulfinch Place 

Chapel, Jan. 1, 1870 ; Pitt's Street Chapel, , 1836 ; Friend 

Street Chapel, , 1828. 

Disciples. Church of the Disciples, April 27, 1841. 

First. First Church in Boston* (formed in Charlestown,) Aug. 27, 
1630, inc. Mar. 3, 1829. 

King's Chapel. Proprietors of King's Chapel, June 15, 1686. 

New South. New South Church, Nov. 22, 1719, reorganized Jan. 5, 

1885 ; New South Free Church, , 1868. Proprietors of the 

New SoiUh Meeting House in Boston, inc. June 23, 1803. 

Second. Second Church, inc. Feb. 22, 1845 ; Second Church of Christ 
in Boston, June 5, 1650 ; Old North Church. Second Church 
and Society of Boston, inc. Feb. 4, 1824. 

South Congregational. South Congregational Church of Boston, 
inc. July 16, 1827. South Congregational Society in the City 
of Boston, , 1827, inc. June 16, 1827. 

Unity. Church of the Unity, June 27, 1857. 

Universalist — 
Second. Second Universalist Church in the town of Boston, Dec. 21, 
1817 ; School Street Church. Second Society of Universalists 
in the town of Boston, Jan. 25, 1817, inc. Dec. 13, 1816. 

Shawmut. Shawmut Universalist Church, April 3, 1863. Shawmut 
Universalist Society, inc. Feb. 27, 1863. 



Brighton. 
Baptist — 

Brighton Avenue. Brighton Avenue Church, , 1853. Brighton 

Avenue Baptist Society in Boston, inc. May 1, 1878; First 
Baptist Society of Brighton. 

* Covenant subscribed to Julv 30, 1630. 



26 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Allston. Allston Congregational Church, Nov. 5, 1886 ; inc. Dec. 18, 

1886. 

Brighton. The Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church, Sept. 13, 
1827 ; inc. Jan. 10, 1893. Brighton Evangelical Society, 
Mar. -, 1827 ; inc. Mar. -, 1827, society dissolved. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Allston. Harvard Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church of Allston, 
Mass., Mar. 24, 1872. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
St. Luke's. Parish of St. Luke's Church in Allston, June 15, 1892 ; inc. 
April 20, 1893. 

Saint Margaret's. Saint Margaret's Church, April 3, 1872; Church 
of the Epiphany, Jan. 19, 1863. Saint Margaret's Parish, 
April 3, 1872 ; inc. April 3, 1872 ; Parish of the Church of the 
Epiphany, Jan. 19, 1863 ; inc. Jan. 19, 1863. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Brighton , 1807 ; Church in the Third Pre- 
cinct in Cambridge, Feb. 26, 1783. First Parish in Brighton, 
Mar. -, 1839 ; Third Parish in Cambridge. South Precinct in 
Cambridge, inc. May 1, 1779. 

Unity. Unity Church of Allston, Sept. 15, 1886. 

Charlestown. 
Baptist — 
Bunker Hill. Bunker Hill Baptist Church, April 7, 1854; Bethesda 
Baptist Church, Feb. 28, 1850. Bunker Hill Baptist Society, 
Feb. 14, 1854; inc. Mar. 15,1854; Bethesda Baptist Society 
in the City of Charlestown, Jan. 5, 1850. 

First. First Baptist Church, Charlestown, Massachusetts, May 12, 1801 ; 
First Baptist Society, Charlestown, Massachusetts, May 3, 
1801. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church, Charlestown, Massachusetts, Nov. 2, 1632. First 
Parish in the town of Charlestoivn, inc. Mar. 5, 1803. 

Winthrop. The Winthrop Church, Jan. 9, 1833; inc. Oct. 21, 1890. 
Winthrop Society, inc. Mar. 1, 1833, society dissolved. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Monument Square. Monument Square Methodist Episcopal Church, 
June 15, 1874 ; Union Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1847. 

Trinity. Trinity Church. Trinity Society of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, , 1862. Trustees of the Methodist Religious So- 
ciety in Charlestown, inc. Feb. 15, 1820. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Protestant Episcopal Church, about 1840 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 27 

Unitarian — 
Harvard. Church of the Harvard Church in Charlestown ; Harvard 
Church in Charlestown, inc. Mar. 16, 1837 ; New Church in 
Charlestown, inc. Feb. 11, 1819 ; Second Congregational 
Church of Christ in Charlestown, Mar. 26, 1817. The Second 
Congregational Society in Charlestown, April 3, 1816 ; inc. 
Feb. 9,1816. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church of Charlestown, Mass., , 1811. 

First Universalist Society in Charlestown, , 1811 ; inc. 

Feb. 27, 1811. 

Dorchester. 
Baptist — 
Dorchester Temple. Dorchester Temple Baptist Church, Oct. 11, 
1886 ; inc. Nov. 9, 1889. 

First. First Baptist Church, Dorchester, Jan. 4, 1837. First Baptist 
Society, Dorchester, Dec. 13, 1836. 

Lower Mills. Lower Mills Baptist Church, Nov. 13, 1882; inc. April 
1, 1885. 

Stoughton Street. Stoughton Street Baptist Church, Boston, April 
25, 1870 ; North Baptist Church, Dorchester, Sept. 15, 1845. 

Congregational — 
Central. The Central Congregational Church, Dorchester, inc. Oct. 20, 
1891 ; Bethany Congregational Church, Dorchester, Mar. 15, 
1888 ; inc. Aug. 8, 1888. 

Harvard. The Harvard Congregational Church of Dorchester, Feb. 23, 
1888 ; inc. June 4, 1888. Harvard Congregational Society 
of Dorchester, Mar. 14, 1887 ; inc. Mar. 15, 1887. 

Pilgrim. The Pilgrim Church, Dorchester, Feb. 21, 1890; inc. Feb. 26, 
1890 ; Pilgrim Congregational Church, inc. Nov. 10, 1877 ; 
Cottage Street Congregational Church ; Church of Jesus 
Christ, Nov. 2, 1862. Pilgrim Congregational Society, society 
dissolved; Cottage Street Congregational Society, April 17, 
1871. 

Second. Second Church, Dorchester, Jan. 1, 1808. Second Parish in 
Dorchester, inc. June 19, 1807. 

Neponset. Trinity Church of Neponset, May 11, 1859. Trinity Church 
Society, June 18, 1859. 

Village. Village Church in Dorchester, Mar. 11, 1829. Village Church 
Society, Oct. 24, 1839. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Appleton. Appleton Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1877 ; inc. , 

1877 ; Second Methodist Episcopal Church in Dorchester, Oct. 
8, 1862. 

Baker Memorial. Baker Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1888. 

Dorchester. Dorchester Methodist Episcopal Church. Methodist Epis- 
copal Society in Dorchester, inc. Mar. 19, 1834. 

Mattapan. Methodist Episcopal Church of Mattapan, Massachusetts, 
April -, 1876 ; inc. April -, 1876. 



28 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
Mount Bowdoin. Mount Bowdoin Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 
-, 1895. 

Parkman Street. Parkman Street Methodist Episcopal Church, April 
29, 1887 ; Harrison Square Methodist Episcopal Church, May 
15, 1876. 

Stanton Avenue. Stanton Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, June 
-, 1886 ; inc. , 1886. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

All Saints'. All Saints' Church, Dorchester, , 1874. All Saints' 

Parish, Dorchester, , 1874. 

Holy Spirit. Church of the Holy Spirit, Dec. 28, 1896. Protestant 
Episcopal Congregation in Mattapan, May -, 1883. 

Saint Ann's. Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Saint Ann's Church of 
Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 3, 1884 ; inc. Oct. 3, 1884. 

Saint Mary's. Parish of Saint Mary's Church in Dorchester, Aug. 23, 
1847, inc. Aug. 23, 1847.* 

Unitarian — 
Christ. Christ Church of Dorchester, inc. Feb, 26, 1894; Harrison 
Square Church, May 24, 1852; inc. Mar. 31, 1875. Third 
Unitarian Society in Dorchester, Nov. 25, 1848; inc. May 31, 
1852. 

First. First Church, Dorchester, June 6, 1630; in England, Mar. -, 
1630. Reorganized Aug. 23, 1636, or a new church formed.f 
First Parish in Dorchester, June 19, 1807. Trustees of the 
• First Parish in Dorchester, inc. June 10, 1831. 

Norfolk. Norfolk Unitarian Church, Sept. 30, 1889 ; inc. Oct. 14, 
1889. 

Third. Church of the Third Religious Society in Dorchester ; Third 
Congregational Church of Dorchester, June 25, 1817. The 

Third Religious Society in Dorchester, , 1813 ; inc. Feb. 

16, 1815. 

Unity. Church of the Unity, May 18, 1859. 

Universalist — 
Ashmont. The Ashmont Universalist Parish of Boston, Mar. 26, 1892 ; 
inc. April 19, 1892. 

Grove Hall. Grove Hall Universalist Parish, June 23, 1877 ; inc. 
June -, 1877. 

Upham's Corner. Upham's Corner Universalist Church, April 8, 1892. 
The Upham's Corner Universalist Parish of Boston, Dec. 7, 
1891 ; inc. Jam 8, 1892. 



East Boston. 
Baptist — 
Central Square. Central Square Baptist Church, Sept. 24, 1844. Cen- 
tral Square Baptist Society in Boston, Mar. 23, 1853; inc. 
Mar. 15, 1853. 

* Legality of incorporation confirmed by special act Mar. 22, 1819. 

f A memorandum in the records reads " Second Church of Dorchester." 



KELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 29 

Baptist — Con. 
Trinity. Trinity Baptist Church of Boston, Jan. 29, 1878 ; inc. Jan. 
27, 1888. 

Congregational — 
Maverick. The Maverick Congregational Church, June 18, 1895 ; inc. 
Oct 21, 1895. Maverick Conqregational Society in the Cilij 
of Bosto?i, May 31, 1836 ; inc. Feb. 23, 1838. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Meridian Street. Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church Bethel, 
April -, 1881 ; Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
Sept. -, 1841. Trustees of the First Methodist Episcopal 
Church in East Boston, inc. Feb. 28, 1846. 

Orient Heights. Orient Heights Methodist Episcopal Church, April 
1, 1891. 

Saratoga Street. Saratoga Street Methodist Episcopal Church, April 
5, 1865; inc. Mar. 14, 1864; Bennington Street Methodist 
Episcopal Church, May 15, 1853. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Protestant Episcopal Church , 1845. 

Saint Mary's. Church of Saint Mary for Sailors. Reorganized as 
successor to Free Church of Saint Mary for Sailors, of Boston, 
now dissolved. 

Unitarian — 
Our Father. Church of Our Father. East Boston Unitarian Society, 
Dec. 29, 1845. 

Universalist — 
All Souls'. East Boston Universalist Church, — -, 1865 ; Central 
Square Universalist Church. East Boston Universalist Parish, 

, 1865; inc. June 22, 1886; Central Square Universalist 

Parish, , 1840. 

ROXBURY. 

Baptist — 
Bethany. Bethany Baptist Church, April 25, 1890; Dearborn Street 
Baptist Church, Jan. 31, 1871. 

Dudley Street. Dudley Street Baptist Church in Roxbury, Feb. 28, 
1850 ; Calvinislic Baptist Church ; The Baptist Church in 
Roxbury, Mar. 2, 1821. Dudley Street Baptist Society in 
Roxbury, Feb. 10, 1822 ; inc. Mar. 3, 1854. Proprietors of 
Dudley Street Baptist Meeting House in Roxbury. 

Elm Hill. Elm Hill Baptist Church, Feb. 15, 1887 ; inc. Dec. 31, 

1886. 

Ruggles Street. Ruggles Street Baptist Church, April 22, 1878 ; inc. 
May 24, 1878 ; Ruggles Street Baptist Church of Boston, July 
26, 1870 ; inc Dec. 14, 1875- 

Congregational — 

Eliot. Eliot Church, Sept. 18, 1834. Eliot Society in Roxbury, , 

1836 ; inc. April 9, 1836. 

Highland. Highland Congregational Church, Mar. 3, 1869. Highland 
Congregational Society, Mar. 1, 1869, inc. April 1, 1869. 



30 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Immanuel. Immanuel Congregational Church, Sept. 21, 1877 ; Vine 
Street Congregational Church, April 9, 1857. Immanuel Con- 
gregational Society, Mar. 26, 1878 ; inc. Feb. 20, 1878 ; Vine 
Street Congregational Society in Roxbury, April 29, 1857 ; 
inc. April 10, 1861. 

Walnut Avenue. Walnut Avenue Congregational Church, Dec. 19, 
1870. Walnut Avenue Congregational Society, Oct. 28, 1870. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Egleston Square. Egleston Square Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Boston, Mar. 30, 1873 ; inc. Eeb. 4, 1878. 

Highland. Highland Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. -, 1869 ; inc. 
, 1869. 

Winthrop Street. First Methodist Episcopal Church on Warren 

Street in Roxbury, inc. , 1852 ; First Methodist Episcopal 

Church in Roxbury, , 1838. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint James's. The Proprietors of Saint Jameses Church in Roxbury, 
Aug. 9, 1832 ; inc. Feb. 16, 1833. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Church, Boston Highlands, inc. Mar. 8, 
1881. 

Unitarian — 
All Souls'. All Souls' 1 Unitarian Church, Feb. 11, 1889 ; inc. July 25, 
1889 ; Mount Pleasant Congregational Church, May 6, 1845 ; 
inc. Sept. 10, 1846. 

First. First Church in Roxbury ; Church of Christ at Roxborough, 

, 1632. First Religious Society in Roxbury, Mar. 21, 1825 ; 

inc. Feb. 26, 1825. First Parish in Roxbury; Roxbury 
Parish. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Roxbury, Massachusetts, Jan. 4, 
1822. First Universalist Society in Roxbury, Mar. 2, 1820 ; 
inc. Feb. 24, 1820. 



South Boston. 
Baptist— 
Fourth Street. Fourth Street Baptist Church of South Boston, April 
21, 1858. The Fourth Street Baptist Church and Society of 
South Boston, Jan. 9, 1865. 

South. South Baptist Church, June 16, 1828 ; inc. Mar. 28, 1833. 

Congregational— 
Phillip's. Phillip's Church in South Boston, Feb. 10, 1835 ; inc. April 
11, 1892 ; Evangelical Congregational Church of South 
Boston, Dec. 10, 1823. Phillip's Church Society, April -, 
1834; inc. Mar. 25, 1834. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
City Point. City Point Methodist Episcopal Church, April 30, 1883 ; 
inc. April 30, 1883. 



KELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 31 

Methodist Episcopal — Con 
Dorchester Street. Dorchester Street Methodist Episcopal Church; 
Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington Village, City of 
Boston, Massachusetts, April 24, 1872. Trustees of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church of Washington Village, , 1891. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Methodist Episcopal Church, Dec. 1, 1885 ; 
Broadway and Dorchester Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
Oct. 14, 1860 ; Centenary Church, June 19, 1840. Trustees of 
the Methodist Religious Society in South Boston, inc. Feb. 15, 
1825. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1872. 

Our Redeemer. Church of Our Redeemer, inc. Mar. 24, 1890. 

Saint Matthew's. Saint Matthew's Church, Mar. -, 1816. Protestant 
Episcopal Parish of St. Matthew in Boston, inc. June 20, 
1816. 

Unitarian — 
Hawes. Haives Unitarian Congregational Church, April 3, 1888 ; inc. 
April 3,1888 ; Hawes Place Unitarian Congregational Church, 
Oct. 27, 1819 ; inc. Mar. 7, 1888. Hawes Place Congrega- 
tional Society in Boston, — -, 1810; inc. Feb. 19, 1818. 
Trustees of the Hawes Fund in Boston, inc. Feb. 25, 1831. 

Unity. Unity Chapel, South Boston, , 1885 ; Washington Village 

Union Church, , 1856. 

Univer salist — 
Our Father. Church of Our Father, Feb. 20, 1870 ; Fourth Universalist 
Church, April 25, 1842. Fourth Universalist Society in Boston ; 
Broadway Universalist Society, inc. Mar. 7, 1876. Pro- 
prietors of the Fourth Universalist Meeting House in Boston, 
Feb. 20, 1870 ; inc. April 19, 1837* 



West Roxbury. 
Baptist — 
Centre Street. Centre Street Baptist Church, Nov. 18, 1892; inc. 
June 16, 1893. 

First. First Baptist Church of West Roxbury, Oct. 21, 1894 ; inc. June 
26, 1896. 

Jamaica Plain. Jamaica Plain Baptist Church, Aug. 29, 1842. Jamaica 
Plain Baptist Society, Jan. 18, 1842 ; inc. Sept. 29, 1843. 

Roslindale. The Roslindale Baptist Church, Mar. 13, 1875 ; inc. May 
12, 1879. 

Congregational — 
Boylston. Boylston Congregational Church, Feb. 4, 1879; inc. Sept. 
5, 1879. 

Central. Central Congregational Church of Jamaica Plain, Jan. 1, 
1867 ; Mather Church, Feb. 15, 1853, Central Congregational 
Society of Jamaica Plain, inc. Dec. 18, 1866 ; Mather Society, 
Feb. 15, 1853. 

Roslindale. Roslindale Congregational Church, Nov. 10, 1890; inc. 
Feb. 3, 1891. 



32 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
South. South Evangelical Church, Mar. 19, 1855 ; Spring Street Church, 
April 10, 1835. South Evangelical Society in West Roxbury, 
Mar. 19, 1855 ; Spring Street Society, April 10, 1835. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Bethany. Bethany Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, inc. Mar. 5. 
1894; Roslindale Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, 

, 1873. Trustees of the Roslindale Methodist Episcopal 

Church, inc. Oct. 3, 1885. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain, Boston, , 

1859 ; First Methodist Episcopal Church, West Roxbury. 
Trustees of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, West 
Roxbury, inc. Jan. -, 1869. 

Saint Andrew's. Saint Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. -, 
1891. 

West Roxbury. West Roxbury Methodist Episcopal Church, July 11, 
1889 ; inc. Jan. 4, 1890. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Emmanuel. Parish of Emmanuel Church, Dec. -, 1892 ; inc. May 11, 

1897. 

Our Saviour. Church of Our Saviour, , 1889. Missio?i of Saint 

Paul, , 1885. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Church, Jamaica Plain, May 9, 1846. 
Saint John's Chapel, Jamaica Plain, Jan. 30, 1841. 

Saint Peter's. Saint Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1888. 

Unitarian — 
Jamaica Plain. First Congregational Society of Jamaica Plain, April 
20, 1864; inc. Feb. 8, 1864; Congregational Society of the 
Third Parish in Roxbury, inc. — -, 1772. Third Parish in 
Roxbury, inc. Dec. 11, 1769. 

Roslindale. Unitarian Church of Roslindale, Mar. 18, 1890 ; inc. Mar. 
18, 1890. 

West Roxbury. First Parish, West Roxbury, inc. April 15, 1890; 
First Parish in West Roxbury, inc. Mar. 21,1866 ; West Parish 
in Roxbury, Nov. 2, 1712; inc. April 25, 1772. West Pre- 
cinct in Roxbury, inc. Aug. 25, 1733. 

Universalist — 
Jamaica Plain. Saint Paul's Church, April 2, 1888 ; inc. Oct. 4, 1888- 
Jamaica Plain Universalist Parish, May 12, 1873. First 
Universalist Society of Jamaica Plain, May 18, 1871 ; inc. 
May 18, 1871. 

BOURNE. 

Baptist — 

Pocasset. First Baptist Church, , 1884 ; Baptist Church of Christ 

in Pocasset, April 9, 1838. Pocasset Baptist Society, , 

1838. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 33 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Bourne. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1828. 

Cataumet. Methodist Episcopal Church of Cataumet. 

Pocasset. Pocasset Methodist Episcopal Church. 



BOXBOROUGH. 
Congregational — 
Boxbokough. Evangelical Congregational Church of Boxborough, inc. 
June 30, 1896,; Church in Boxborough, April 29, 1784. Evan- 
gelical Congregational Society, May 22, 1829. 



BOXFORD. 
Congregational — 
First. The Evangelical Congregational Church in the First Parish 
in Boxford, Dec. 30, 1702. The First Parish in Boxford, Nov. 
17, 1735. Proprietors of the Meeting-House in the First Parish 
in Boxford, May 28, 1840. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund 
in the First Parish in Boxford, inc. Feb. 25, 1825. 

West Boxford. Second Church, Dec. 9, 1735. Second Parish, July 
22, 1735 : inc. June 28,1735. 



BOYLSTON. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church in Boylston. First Parish in Boylston. North 
Precinct in Shrewsbury, Oct. 6, 1743. Trustees of the Minis- 
terial Fund of the First Congregational Society in Boylston, 
inc. Mar. 3, 1829. 



BRAINTREE. 

Baptist — 
Braintree. The Braintree Baptist Church, April 28, 1893; inc. May 
11, 1893. 

Congregational — 

First. First Parish Church, Braintree, , 1792 ; South Precinct Church, 

Sept. 10, 1707. First Parish Congregational Society. South 
Precinct in Braintree, inc. Nov. 5, 1 708. 

South. South Congregational Church, Nov. 18, 1829. South Parish in 
Braintree, Dec. 29, 1828; inc. Feb. 26, 1829. Proprietors 
of the South Parish Meeting House in Braintree, inc. Feb. 24, 
1829. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Braintree. East Braintree Methodist Episcopal Church. 

South Braintree. First Methodist Episcopal Church, South Braintree, 
Mar. 2, 1873; inc. Mar. 9, 1882; First Baptist Church of 
Braintree. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Parish of Braintree, inc. Jan. 24, 1888. 



34 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



BREWSTER. 

Baptist - 
Brewster. Brewster Baptist Church, Dec. 23, 1824. Baptist Society, 
Brewster, Mass. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Brewster, Aug. 30, 1846 ; Church of the North 
Precinct of Harwich, Oct. 16, 1700. First Parish in Brewster, 
Aug. 30, 1846; inc. April 17, 1838; North Parish in Har- 
wich. First Precinct in Harwich, Oct. 16, 1700. The Trustees 
of the Brewster Ministry Fund, inc. Feb. 27,1811. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, Feb. 2, 1838. First Universalist 
Society in Brewster, Nov. 4, 1824. 



BRIDGEWATER. 

Congregational — 
Central Square. Central Square Trinitarian Church, — -, 1836 ; 
Trinitarian Congregational Church in Bridgewater, Oct. 23, 
1821 ; inc. Mar. 3, 1826. Central Square Society, , 1836 > 

Scotland. Scotland Trinitarian Congregational Church, July 4, 1836. 

Scotland Trinitarian Congregational Society, inc. , 1857 ; 

Scotland Trinitarian Society, , 1836. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. Bridgewater First Methodist Episcopal Church, May 3, 1874; 
inc. June 12, 1879. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Trinity. Trinity Church, , 1747 ; inc. June 14, 1815. Trustees 

of the Trinity Church in Bridgewater, inc. May 30, 1856. 

Unitarian — 
First. Church in the South Precinct, July 9, 1718. First Congrega- 
tional Society in Bridgewater, inc. Mar. 15, 1853. South 
Precinct in Bridgewater, June 1, 1716. Trustees of the Minis- 
terial Fund of the South Parish of Bridgewater, inc. Feb. 7, 
1803. 

BRIMFIELD. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Nov. 18, 1724. First Parish or 
Congregational Society, April 30, 1832. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, April 30, 1879 ; inc. April 30, 
1879. Parish of Second Congregational Church, June 4, 1881 ; 
inc. June 4, 1881. 



BROCKTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Brockton, April -, 1887. First Baptist 
Society, Jan. 14, 1885. 

First Swedish. First Swedish Baptist Church, July 29, 1883; inc. 
Aug. 20, 1885. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 35 

Baptist — Con. 
North. North Baptist Church of Brockton, June 6, 1886 ; inc. June 4, 
1888. North Baptist Society, June 4, 1888 ; inc. June 4, 1888. 

Warren Avenue. Warren Avenue Baptist Church, Brockton, May 31, 
1887 ; inc. Feb. 7, 1888. 

Congregational — 

Campello. South Congregational Church, Campello, Mass., , 1854 ; 

South Congregational Church in North Bridgewater, Jan, 3, 
1837 ; inc. June 3, 1837. Parish of the South Congregational 

Church, Campello, , 1854 ; inc. , 1854. South Precinct 

in Bridgewater, inc. June 1, 1716. 

First. First Congregational Church in Brockton, May 6, 1874; First 
Congregational Church in North Bridgewater, June 15, 1821 ; 
Fourth Church in Bridgewater, Sept. 18, 1740. First Parish 

in Brockton, , 1889 ; First Parish in North Bridgewater, 

inc. Feb, 8, 1823 ; * North Parish in Bridgewater, inc. June 
3,1738. 

Porter. Porter Evangelical Church, Mar. 6, 1850. Porter Evangelical 
Society, Mar. 20, 1850. 

Swedish. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Gethsemane Church in Brock- 
ton, Mass., , 1867 ; inc. Aug. 10, 1895. 

Waldo. Waldo Congregational Church, inc. Sept. 5, 1896. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Campello. Brockton Campello Church, May 18, 1879; inc. Aug. 22, 

1879. 

Central. Central Methodist Episcopal Church of Brockton, Jan. 25, 1875 ; 
inc. Mar. 16, 1875 ; Second Methodist Episcopal Church of 
North Bridgewater, inc. Mar. 26, 1851. 

Franklin. Franklin Methodist Episcopal Church, inc. Mar. 3, 1896. 
Franklin Methodist Episcopal Chapel, , 1889. 

Pearl Street. Pearl Street Church, Mar. -, 1891 ; inc. Mar. -, 1891 ; 
West Methodist Episcopal Church ; First Methodist Episcopal 
Church, , 1831. 

Swedish. Swedish Emmanuel Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church. Saint Paul's Parish, April 14, 
1890 ; inc. May 5, 1890. Saint Paul's Mission, Jan. -, 1872. 

Unitarian — 
Unity. Unity Church, June 12, 1881 ; inc. Dec. 5, 1883. 

Universalist — 
Brockton. Universalist Church. 



BROOKFIELD. 

Baptist — 

East Brookfield. East Brookfield Baptist Church, , 1818. The 

First Baptist Society in Brookfield, inc. June 17, 1800. 

* See West Bridgewater for North Precinct formed by incorporation of the South 
Precinct, June 1, 1716. 



36 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Brookfield. Congregational Church, April 15, 1756. The Evangelical 
Religious Society in the South Parish or Precinct of Brook- 
field, inc. Aug. 24, 1827. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Brookfield. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church ; Church in the Third Precinct in 
Brookfield, Nov. 8, 1754. The Third Precinct in the Town of 
Brookfield, inc. Nov. 7, 1754. Second or South Parish or 
Society in Brookfield, before 1754. 



BROOKLINE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church in Brookline May 21, 1828 ; inc. May 21, 
1828. First Baptist Society in Brookline, Mar. 26, 1828 ; inc. 
Mar. 26, 1828. 



Congregational — 
Harvard. Harvard Church, Aug. 26, 1844. Harvard Congregational 
Society, Aug. 26, 1844. 

Leyden. The Leyden Congregational Church, inc. Nov. 24, 1896. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Washington Street. Trustees of the Washington Street Methodist 
Episcopal Church of Brookline, inc. May 13, 1889. Washing- 
ton Street Brookline Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 10, 
1880. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
All Saints 1 . All Saints' 1 Parish of Brookline, Nov. 1, 1894; inc. Feb. 8, 
1895. 

Our Saviour. Church of Our Saviour, Feb. 19, 1868 ; inc. Feb. 19, 1868. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1890. 

Unitarian — 
First Parish. First Parish in Brookline, Oct. 6, 1717. 

Second. The Second Unitarian Society in Brookline, inc.. Dec. 31 , 1896. 

Universalist— 
Brookline. Brookline Universalist Parish, inc. Jan. 27, 1893. 



BUCKLAND. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Buckland, Dec. 3, 1887 ; inc. 
Jan. 16, 1888; Buckland Congregational Church, Oct. 8, 
1785. First Parish in Buckland, Sept. 22, 1820. (Parish dis- 
solved.) Proprietors of the Congregational Meeting House 
in Buckland. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 37 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Buckland. Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1820. 



BURLINGTON. 

Congregational — 
Burlington. Church of Christ in Burlington ; Second Church of Christ 
in Woburn, prior to Oct. 29, 1735. Congregational Parish in 
Burlington, May 2, 1864; Second Parish in Woburn, N ov. 2, 
1730; inc. Sept. 16, 1730. 



CAMBRIDGE. 

Baptist — 
Broadway. Broadway Baptist Church, Sept. 19, 1865; inc. Dec. 17, 
1889 ; Harvard Street Baptist Church, May 9, 1865. 

First. The Baptist Church in Cambridge, Dec. 17, 1817 ; inc. Feb. 8, 
1819. Trustees of the Funds of the Baptist Church in Cam- 
bridge, inc. Feb. 8, 1819. 

First Swedish. First Swedish Baptist Church, inc. July 31, 1896. 

Immanuel. Immanuel Baptist Church of Cambridge, Dec. -, 1894 ; inc. 
Feb. 21, 1895 ; Charles River Church, June 8, 1876. 

Inman Square. The Inman Square Baptist Church, inc. May 29, 1893. 

Mount Olive. Mount Olive Baptist Church of Cambridge, inc. Nov. 
20, 1894. 

North Avenue. The North Avenue Baptist Church, , 1866; inc. 

April 28, 1890 ; Baptist Church of Christ in North Cam- 
bridge, Mar. 22, 1854. 

Old Cambridge. Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Aug. 1, 1844. 

Second. The Second Baptist Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
Sept. 3, 1827 ; inc. June 26, 1890. Second Baptist Society 
in Cambridge, inc. Mar. 27, 1833, society dissolved. 

Union. Union Church of Cambridge, Mass., Mar. -, 1878 ; inc. April 
-, 1878. 



Congregational — 
First. First Church in Cambridge, Feb. 1, 1636.* Shepard Congrega- 
tional Society, Nov. 20, 1829. 

First Cambridgeport. First Church in Cambridgeport, Sept. 20, 
1827 ; Evangelical Congregational Church in Cambridgeport. 
First Evangelical Congregational Society in Cambridgeport, 
, 1827, reorganized 1853; inc. May 21, 1879. 

Hope. Hope Congregational Church, , 1890. 

North Avenue. North Avenue Congregational Church of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, Aug. 17, 1866 ; Holmes Congregational Church, 
Sept. 23, 1857. North Avenue Orthodox Congregational Soci- 
ety, June 20, 1866. Proprietors of the Holmes Chapel, Jan. 
26, 1857. 

Pilgrim. The Pilgrim Congregational Church, Feb. 27, 1871 ; inc. April 
14, 1871 ; Stearns Chapel Congregational Church in Cam- 
bridge, Nov. 21, 1865. 

* This date claimed by the church in the First Parish. 



38 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Wood Memorial. Wood Memorial Church in Cambridgeport, Jan. 4, 
1884 ; inc. Feb. 14, 1884 ; Chapel Congregational Church in 
Cambridgeport, Oct. 16, 1872 ; inc. Mar. 2, 1883. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Grace. The Grace Methodist Episcopal Church of Cambridge, , 1887 ; 

inc. Mar. 10,1887 ; Cottage Street Methodist Episcopal Church 
of Cambridgeport, April 5, 1871. First Methodist Episcopal 
Society in East Cambridge, , 1813. 

Harvard Street Harvard Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1841. Trustees of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in 
Cambridgeport, inc. Mar. 26, 1845. 

North Avenue. Third Methodist Episcopal Church of Cambridge, 
, 1867 ; inc. , 1868. 

Trinity. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. 23, 1870. Trustees 
of the Methodist Religious Society in Cambridge, Dec. 22, 1822 ; 
inc. June 14, 1823. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Ascension. The Church of the Ascension, May 15, 1875. 

Christ. Christ Church, Cambridge ; Episcopal Church in Cambridge, 
inc. June 25, 1794. Episcopal Society in Cambridge, inc. 
Feb. 9,1816. 

Saint Bartholomew's. Saint Bartholomew's Church, Sept. -, 1889. 

Saint James's. Free Church of Saint James, June 18, 1866. 

Saint Peter's. Saint Peter's Church, Cambridgeport, Oct. 27, 1842. 
The Parish of Saint Peter's Church, Oct. 27, 1842. 

Saint Philip's. Saint Philip's Church. The Parish of Saint Philip's 
Church, April 2, 1888 ; inc. April 7, 1890. 

Unitarian — 
First Parish. Church in the First Parish in Cambridge, Feb. 1, 1636.* 
First Parish in Cambridge, , 1636. Trustees of the Min- 
isterial Fund in the First Parish in Cambridge, inc. Dec. 9, 
1816. 

Austin Street. Third Congregational Society in Cambridge, Sept. 28, 
1885 ; inc. June 16, 1827, and June 15, 1885. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church in Cambridge, June -, 1829. The 
First Universalist Society in Cambridge, Mar. 9, 1821 ; inc. 
Feb. 9,1822. Proprietors of the First Universalist Meeting 
House in Cambridge, about Mar. 25, 1839. 

Second. Second Universalist Church of Cambridge, Jan. 1, 1836 ; inc. 
Feb. 11, 1823. Second Society of Universalisls in the Town 

of Cambridge, , 1821 ; inc. Feb. 11, 1823. Proprietors 

of the Second Universalist Meeting House in Cambridge, inc. 
Mar. 26, 1845. 

Third. The Third Universalist Society in Cambridge, , 1869 ; inc. 

Mar. 27,1874; Allen Street Congregational Society. 

* This date claimed by the First Church in Cambridge. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 39 

CANTON. 
Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, May 5, 1873 ; Baptist Church, June 22, 1814. 
First Baptist Parish, May 5, 1873 ; inc. May 5, 1873, dissolved 
Mar. 2, 1879. Baptist Society, June 8, 1851, dissolved May 5, 
1873. Trustees of the Baptist Church Fund in Canton, inc. Feb. 
24, 1829. 



Congregational — 
Canton. Evangelical Congregational Church of Canton, July 3, 1828. 
Evangelical Congregational Society. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1887 ; inc. , 1887. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Church in Canton, , 1797 ; Church of 

the First Parish of Stoughton, , 1736 ; Church of Christ 

in the South Precinct of Dorchester, Oct. 30, 1717. First Con- 
gregational Parish of Canton, inc. Jan. 29, 1820 ; First Parish 
in Stoughton, inc. April 5, 1736. South Precinct of Dorches- 
ter (a part of), inc. Dec. 19, 1715. The Ministerial Fund in 
Canton, inc. Feb. 26, 1825. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, Aug. 21, 1859. First Universalist 
Parish, Feb. 3, 1849 ; inc. Feb. 3, 1849. 



CARLISLE. 

Congregational — 
Union. Union Calvinistic Church, Nov. 20, 1830. Union Calvinistic 
Society, Nov. 20, 1830. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church of Carlisle, Feb. 28, 1781. First Religious Society, 
Mar. 15, 1832. Proprietors of the Meeting House. 



CARVER. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Carver, July 13, 1791. The First Baptist 
Society in Carver, ma. June 22, 1811. 

Congregational — 

North Carver. North Carver Congregational Church, , 1790 ; 

South Church in Plympton, May 13, 1733. First Congrega- 
tional Parish, North Carver, — -, 1791 ; South Parish in 
Plympton. Proprietors of the Meeting House in the South 
Parish in Plympton, , 1731. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
South Carver. South Carver Methodist Episcopal Church, Aug. 9, 

1867 ; Protestant Methodist Church, , 1836 ; Reformed 

Methodist Church, , 1831. 



40 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

CHARLEMONT. 

Baptist — 

Charlemont. Baptist Church, , 1791. Baptist Society of Charle- 

mont, April 7, 1800. 

Congregational — 
East Charlemont. Church of Christ in East Charlemont, Aug. 5, 1845. 
Congregational Society of East Charlemont, Mar. 27, 1877. 

First. First Congregational Church, June 6, 1788. First Congrega- 
tional Parish. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Charlemont. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1832. 



CHARLTON. 

Congregational — 
Charlton. The Congregational Church of Charlton, Jan. 4, 1872 ; inc. 
April 5, 1889 ; Calvinistic Congregational Church, — -, 
1826. Congregational Society of Charlton, Mar. 5, 1872; 
First Calvinistic Congregational Society of Charlton, Oct. 4, 
1826. The Congregational Parish in Charlton, April 19, 1761 ; 
inc. Oct. 26, 1784. (Act repealed Mar. 3, 1798.) The Pro- 
prietors of the New Congregational Centre Meeting House in 
Charlton, inc. Mar. 3, 1 798. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Charlton Station. Methodist Episcopal Church, Charlton Station, 
, 1792. 



Universalist — 
Unity. Church of the Unity, Aug. 7, 1864. First Universalist Society 
in Charlton, Mar. 4, 1851 ; First Union Society in Charlton, 
Mar. 20, 1838 ; Universalist Society in Charlton, , 1827. 



CHATHAM. 

Baptist - 
Chatham. Chatham Baptist Church, , 1825. Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
Chatham. Orthodox Congregational Church of Christ in Chatham, 
June 15, 1720 ; inc. June 27, 1798. Orthodox Congregational 
Society, Jan. 12, 1869 ; inc. Jan. 12, 1869. First Parish, 1824. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, Chatham, , 1816 ; inc. 

, 1821. Methodist Society, , 1821 ; inc. , 1821. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church in Chatham, , 1836, reorganized 

Aug. 31, 1866. First Universalist Society in Chatham, Aug. 1, 
1822; inc. Mar. 13, 1860. Proprietors of the Meeting House. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 41 

CHELMSFORD. 

Baptist — 
Central. The Central Baptist Church of Chelmsford, Mass., Feb. 14, 
1847 ; inc. July 21, 1891. 

First. First Baptist Church of Chelmsford, Oct. 22, 1771 ; South Chelms- 
. ford Baptist Church. First Baptist Society, Oct. -, 1790. 

Congregational — 
Central. Central Congregational Church in Chelmsford, Feb. 12, 1876 ; 
inc. May 28, 1886. Proprietors of the Chelmsford Centre 
Meeting House, inc. Mar. 23, 1843. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Chelmsford, April 27, 1824 ; 
inc. Feb. 26, 1824. Second Congregational Society, Feb. 16, 
1824. Proprietors of the North Chelmsford Meeting House, 
May 8, 1837 ; inc. April 17, 1838 ; Proprietors of the Second 
Congregational Meeting House in Chelmsford, inc. Feb. 3, 
1821. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
West Chelmsford. West Chelmsford Methodist Episcopal Church, 
, 1871 ; West Chelmsford Union Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
All Saint's. All Saint's Church, Chelmsford, Mass., July 15, 1860. 
Parish of All Saints\ inc. Feb. 27, 1888 ; Parish of Saint 
Ann's Church, May 26, 1867 ; Parish of Saint Anne's. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Society of Chelmsford, , 1655. (Organ- 
ized in Wenham Oct. 8, 1644.) 



CHELSEA. 

Baptist— 
Cart Avenue. Cary Avenue Baptist Church ; Second Baptist Church, 
Aug. 9, 1859. 

First. First Baptist Church of Chelsea, June 23, 1836. First Baptist 
Society, Jan. 8, 1836 ; inc. Jan. 8, 1836. 

Congregational — 
Central. Central Congregational Church of Chelsea, Mass., April 11, 
1871; inc. Jan. 13,1892 ; Broadway Congregational Church, 
April 2, 1851. The Central Congregational Society of Chelsea, 
April 4, 1871 ; inc. Mar. 24, 1871 ; Winnisimmet Congrega- 
tional Society in the City oj Chelsea, Sept. 6, 1843 ; inc. Aug. 
28, 1843. 

First. First Congregational Church of Chelsea, Massachusetts, Oct. 16, 
1874 ; Chestnut Street Congregational Church ; Winnisimmet 
Congregational Church, Sept. 20, 1841. Chestnut Street Con- 
gregational Society, May 4, 1852 ; inc. May 4, 1852 ; Winni- 
simmet Congregational Society, probably Sept. 1, 1841. 

Third. The Third Congregational Church, July 1, 1877 ; inc. Feb. 28, 
1878. 



42 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Mount Bellingham. Mount Bellingham Methodist Episcopal Church, 
April 7, 1853. 

Walnut Street. Walnut Street Church. Trustees of the First Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church in Chelsea, inc. April 2, 1850 ; Trustees 
of the Second Methodist Episcopal Church in Chelsea, inc. 
Mar. 24, 1845. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
St. Luke's. Proprietors of St. Luke's Church in Chelsea, inc. Mar. 8, 
1844. Mount Zion Church in Chelsea, Sept. 7, 1841. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society in Chelsea, inc. Mar. 24, 1853 ; Third 
Congregational Society in Chelsea, Oct. 23, 1840. 



CHESHIRE. 

Baptist — 
Third. Third Baptist Church in Cheshire ; Second Lanesborough Bap- 
tist Church, , 1789. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Cheshire. Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. -, 1844. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, April 1, 1896. First Universalist 
Society, Mar. 23, 1849. 



CHESTER. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Chester, , 1783 ; Church in 

Murrayfield, Dec. 20, 1769. First Religious Society of Chester. 

Second. Second Congregational Church in Chester, Massachusetts, Nov. 
13, 1844. Second Orthodox Congregational Society of Ches- 
ter, Massachusetts, Aug. 3, 1844 ; Second Congregational Soci- 
ety in Chester, Massachusetts, Mar. 15, 1844 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Chester. Chester Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1845. 



CHESTERFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Chesterfield. Congregational Church of Chesterfield, Massachusetts, 
Oct. 30, 1764. 

CHICOPEE. 

Baptist — 
Willimansett. The Beulah Baptist Church of Willimansett, July 12, 
1892; inc. Nov. 16,1892. 

Central. Central Baptist Church; Third Baptist Church in Spring- 
field, Aug. 5, 1835. Central Baptist Society of Chicopee, inc. 
June 8, 1887 ; Baptist Society in Cabotville ; TJiird Haptist 
Society in Springfield, Dec. 3, 1834 ; inc. Feb. 21, 1835. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 43 

Baptist — Con. 
First. The First Baptist Church in Chicopee, Mass., inc. June 5, 1894 ; 
First Baptist Church at Chicopee Falls, Nov. 28, 1828. First 
Baptist Church Society at Chicopee Falls, April 28, 1841. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Chicopee. First Congregational 
Society of Chicopee, April 15, 1850; inc. April 7, 1873; 
Second Congregational Society, Springfield ; Fifth Congrega- 
tional Society of Springfield, Sept. 27, 1750. Second Parish, 
Springfield, Sept. 27, 1752; Fifth Parish, Springfield, June 
10, 1750 ; North Parish, Springfield. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Chicopee ; Fifth Congrega- 
tional Church of Springfield, Feb. 17, 1834 ; First Congrega- 
tional Church in Chicopee Factory Village, Springfield, April 

17, 1831. Second Congregational Society of Chicopee, , 

1849 ; Fifth Congregational Society of Springfield, Oct. 1, 1833. 

Third. Third Congregational Church, , 1848 ; Sixth Congregational 

Church, Springfield, Oct. 16, 1834. Third Congregational 
Society of Chicopee, April 12, 1870; inc. April 12, 1870; 
Sixth Congregational Society of Springfield, Mar. 2, 1835 ; 
inc. Mar, 2, 1835. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Central. Trustees of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Chicopee. Perkins Street Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Chicopee, inc. Mar. 20, 1885. Trustees of the Perkins Street 

Methodist Episcopal Church of Chicopee, , 1839 ; inc. , 

1874. 

Chicopee Falls. Methodist Episcopal Church of Chicopee Falls, , 

1824; inc. , 1826. Chicopee Falls Methodist Episcopal 

Society, , 1826 ; inc. , 1826. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Episcopal Church, April 6, 1846. 

Unitarian — 
First. Unitarian Church, Nov. 21. 1841 First Unitarian Society, Mar. 
16, 1841. 

CHILMARK. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Chilmark Methodist Episcopal Church of Chilmark, July 15, 1837. 



CLARKSBURG. 

(No Church of any denomination.) 



CLINTON. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Clinton, , 1850 ; First Baptist Church 

of Lancaster, April 24, 1847. First Baptist Society in Clinton, 
April 1, 1857 ; inc. April 28, 1854 ; First Baptist Society in 
Lancaster, May 20, 1847. 



44 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 

First. First Evangelical Church, , 1850 ; Second Evangelical Church 

of Lancaster, Nov. 14, 1844. First Evangelical Society, Sept. 
16, 1851 ; Second Evangelical Society of Lancaster, June 19, 
1844. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Clinton, Jan. 13, 1851 ; inc. 
Oct. 5, 1851. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Good Shepherd. Church of the Good Shepherd, April 14, 1879. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Church, Jan. 23, 1853. First Unitarian Society 
of Clinton, Massachusetts, Oct. 7, 1850. 



COHASSET. 

Congregational — 
Beechwood. Evangelical Union Church, Sept 17, 1863 ; inc. Sept. 17, 
1863. Beechwood Evangelical Union Society, Oct. 1, 1866 ; 
inc. Oct. 1, 1866. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Cohasset, Mass., Nov. 24, 
1824. Second Congregational Society in Cohasset, inc. Mar. 
27, 1835. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Nantasket. Nantasket Methodist Episcopal Church, inc. Feb. 27, 1889 ; 

Methodist Episcopal Church of North Cohasset, , 1846. 

Methodist Society Politic of Cohasset. 

Unitarian — 

First Parish, Church of the First Parish in Cohasset, , 1770; 

Church of the Second Parish in Hingham, Dec. 12, 1721. First 

Parish in Cohasset, , 1770 ; Second Parish in Hingham, 

Mar. 6, 1721. 

COLRAIN. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Sept. 5, 1780. First Baptist Society in 
Colrain, inc. June 12, 1818. 

Second. Second Baptist Church of Colrain, Mass., , 1797. Chris- 
tian Hill Parish. 



Congregational — 
Colrain. Congregational Church, Dec. 9, 1819; Church in Colrain, 
(Presbyterian) about 1750 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Colrain. Colrain Methodist Episcopal Church, June -, 1832. 

East Colrain. Methodist Episcopal Church of East Colrain, June 13, 
1875. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 45 



CONCORD. 

Congregational — 
Concord. The Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord, June 5, 
1826; inc. Oct. 16, 1891. Second Congregational Society, 
, 1826 ; inc. , 1826. 

Westvale. Third Congregational Church of Concord, Mass., May 13, 
1890; inc. May 19, 1890. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First Norwegian. First Norwegian and Danish Methodist Episcopal 
Church, Feb. 6, 1887. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Parish of Trinity Church of Concord, Massachusetts, May 23, 
1887. Trinity Mission of Concord, Massachusetts, June 5, 
1883. 



Unitarian — 
First Parish. Church of Christ in Concord, July 5, 1636. First Parish 

in Concord, , 1826 ; Parish of Concord, Sept. 12, 1635. 

The Trustees of the Congregational Ministerial Fund in Con- 
cord, inc. Feb. 27, 1813. 



CONWAY. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Conway, June 12, 1820 ; First Baptist 
Church of Christ of Conway, Massachusetts Bay, Oct. 3, 1788. 
First Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church in Conway, July 14, 1768. First 
Congregational Society, June 6, 1833. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Conway. Methodist Episcopal Church of Conway, May 12, 1852. 



COTTAGE CITY. 
Baptist — 
Oak Bluffs. Oak Bluffs First Baptist Church, April 13, 1877 ; inc. 
April 13, 1882. First Baptist Parish, April 13, 1882; inc. 
April 13, 1882. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Church, June -, 1879 ; inc. June -, 1879 ; Vineyard 
Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, June 3, 1877. 



CUMMINOTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Cummington, April 24, 1821. First Bap- 
tist Society, Cummington. 



46 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Village. Village Congregational Church, July 1, 1839. Village Con- 
gregational Society of Cummington, inc. June 8, 1887. 

West Cummington. West Cummington Congregational Church, Mar. 
17, 1851 ; Second Congregational Church of Windsor, Sept. 
21, 1840. West Cummington Congregational Society, Mar. 
17, 1851; Hubbardville Congregational Society, Sept. 21, 
1840. 



Universalist — 
West Cummington. Universalist Church, , 1840. 



DALTON. 
Baptist — 

First. The First Baptist Church of Dalton, , 1890; inc. May 5, 

1891. 



Congregational — 
Dalton. Congregational Church, Feb. 16, 1785. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Dalton. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1858. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Parish of Grace Church, Dalton, July 12, 1892. Saint Philip's 
Church ; Church of the Holy Redeemer, Mar. 27, 1889. 



DANA. 
Congregational — 
Dana. Orthodox Congregational Church, Sept. 28, 1852. Orthodox 
Congregational Society, , 1852 ; inc. July 1, 1852. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Dana. North Dana Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1832. 



DANVERS. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Danvers, Massachusetts, July 16, 1793. 
The First Baptist Society in Danvers, Nov. 12, 1781 ; inc. 
Feb. 12, 1819. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Church in Danvers, inc. Dec. 22, 1890 ; Church of 
Christ at Salem Village, Nov. 19, 1689. First Religious 
Society in Danvers, May 28, 1838 ; inc. Mar. 28, 1838, re- 
incorporated April 18, 1838. North Parish in Danvers; 
First Parish in Salem Village, inc. Oct. 8, 1672. 

Maple Street. Maple Street Church ; Third Congregational Church, 
Dec. 5, 1844. Maple Street Congregational Society in Dan- 
vers, Mar. 25, 1874; Maple Street Church and Society in 
Danvers, inc May 4, 1857 ; Third Congregational Society in 
Danvers, Mar. 25, 1844 ; inc. Mar. 15, 1845. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 47 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Tapleyville. Tapleyville Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 17, 1872. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Calvary. Calvary Church, Danvers, April 14, 1858. Parish of Calvary 
Church, Danvers. 

Unitarian — 
Danvers. Unitarian Congregational Society, , 1865. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church, , 1840. First Universalist Parish, 

— -,1829. 

DARTMOUTH. 
Congregational — 
South Dartmouth. South Dartmouth Congregational Church, April -, 
1807. Congregational Society, — -, 1857. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Russell's Mills. Russell's Mills Methodist Episcopal Church. 



DEDHAM. 

Baptist — 
Second. The Second Baptist Church of Dedham, Mass., inc. June 26, 
1895; East Dedham Baptist Church, Sept. 13, 1843. East 

Dedham Baptist Society, , 1843, dissolved at the date of 

incorporation of the church. 

West Dedham. First Baptist Church, Dedham, Nov. 3, 1824. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Dedham. Allin Evangelical So- 
ciety, Feb. 1, 1864; inc. Feb. 1, 1864. Proprietors of the New 
Meeting House in Dedham, Mar. 25, 1822 ; inc. Feb. 11, 1822. 

Islington. Islington Congregational Church, , 1880. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Dedham. First Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
Dedham, inc. Aug. 5, 1865. Trustees of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church in Dedham, inc. Mar. 25, 1845. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Good Shepherd. Church of the Good Shepherd, Oakdale, Dedham, 

, 1876. 

St. Paul's. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dedham, inc. Mar. 10, 
1874; The Episcopal Church in Dedham, inc. June 12, 
1818 ; The Episcopal Church in Dedham, inc. Feb. 27,1794. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Dedham, Nov. 8, 1638. First Parish in Dedham. 

West Dedham. West Dedham Unitarian Church ; Second Church in 
Dedham, June 4, 1735. (Called " Second " as there Avas no 
church organization at the time in the Second Parish.) Third 
Parish Jan. 10, 1736 ; Clapboards Tree Parish. 



48 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



DEERFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Deerfield. Orthodox Congregational Church, June 2, 1835. Orthodox 
Society, Oct. 1, 1838 ; inc. Oct. 1, 1838. 

South Deerfield. The Congregational Church of South Deerfield, 
Mass., June 30, 1818; inc. Oct. 9,1891. Second Congrega- 
tional Parish in Deerfield, inc. June 12,1818. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

South Deerfield. South Deerfield Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1843 ; inc. , 1848. 

Unitarian — 
First Parish. First Congregational Church ; Church in Deerfield, Oct. 
17, 1688. First Congregational Parish, Feb. 15, 1825. 



DENNIS. . 
Congregational — 
South Dennis. South Dennis Congregational Church, June 16, 1817. 

Union. Union Church, Mar. 17, 1866 ; Wesleyan Methodist Church, 
Dennis Union Religious Society, Jan. 4, 1877 ; Wesleyan 
Methodist Society ; Dennis Independent Religious Society, 
Jan. 2, 1864. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
West Dennis. Methodist Episcopal Church, May 2, 1873; Wesleyan 
Methodist Church ; Reformed Methodist Church. West Dennis 
Parish. 

DIGHTON. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, Dighton, Massachusetts, , 1780. First 

Baptist Society in Dighton, inc. Feb. 9, 1824, society dissolved. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1712 ; South Precinct Church. 

Central Congregational Society, — -, 1828 ; The First Con- 
gregational Society in Dighton, , 1803 ; inc. Mar. 1, 1803. 

(Authorized to lease or sell pews in the Buck-Plain Meeting 
House.) South Precinct in Taunton, inc. Sept. 16, 1709. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Dighton. Methodist Episcopal Church of Dighton, May 13, 1816. 

North Dighton. North Dighton Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 
12, 1831 ; inc. April -, 1865. 

Unitarian — 

Dighton. Pedobaptist Congregational Society, , 1798, inc. June 25, 

1798. (No society is named in the incorporating Act, which 
is entitled " An Act to incorporate certain Persons Trustees to 
manage the Funds for the permanent Support of a Pedo- 
baptist Congregational Minister, that may officiate in the 
Meeting-House near the four Corners, in the southerly Part 
of Dighton, in the County of Bristol.") 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 49 



DOUGLAS. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Douglas, Mass., , 1834 ; inc. 

Oct. 15, 1896; Congregational Church in Douglas, , 

1808; The Church of Christ in Douglas, Nov. 11, 1747. 
Congregational Society in Douglas, inc. Mar. 3, 1806. 

Second. Second Congregational Church in Douglas, June 12, 1834. 
Second Congregational Society, June 12, 1834. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Douglas. Methodist Episcopal Church ; Wesleyan Methodist Church, 
, 1866 ; Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1844. 



DOVER. 

Baptist — 
Springdale. Springdale Baptist Church, Dover, Mass., Nov. 4, 1867 ; 
Needham and Dover Baptist Church, Sept. 13, 1837. Dover 
Baptist Society, Jan. 23, 1865 ; Needham and Dover Baptist 
Society, Nov. 27, 1837. 



Congregational — 
Dover. Evangelical Congregational Church of Dover, Mass., inc. July 3, 
1890 ; Second Congregational Church, Oct. 23, 1839. Second 
Congregational Parish 



Unitarian — 

First. First Parish Church in Dover, , 1784 ; West Church in Ded- 

ham, Nov. 7, 1762. First Parish in Dover, , 1784 ; Fourth 

Parish in Dedham ; Springfield Parish. West Precinct in 
Dedham, inc. Nov. 18, 1748. 



DRACUT. 

Congregational — 
Central. Central Congregational Church, July 25, 1847. First Parish 
in Dracut, , 1847. 

First. First Congregational Church, Feb. 29, 1835; Central Church, 
, 1794 ; The Church of Dracut, Mar. 29, 1721. First Evan- 
gelical Congregational Society, Feb. -, 1835. 



DUDLEY. 
Congregational — 

First. The first Congregational Church of Dudley, , 1732 ; inc. Sept. 

16, 1891. The first Congregational Society in Dudley, inc. 
June 23, 1797, society dissolved. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Dudley. Methodist Episcopal Church, June 16, 1845. 



50 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



DUNSTABLE. 

Congregational — 
Dunstable. Evangelical Congregational Church in Dunstable, Mass., 
inc. Dec. 27, 1892; First Church in Dunstable; Second 
Church in Dunstable, May 12, 1757* Evangelical Congrega- 
tional Society, Jan. 21, 1818, society dissolved ; First Society. 

Universalist — 
Dunstable. First Universalist Parish, Nov. 16, 1876 ; First Parish, 
Dec. 29, 1831. 

DUXBURY. 

Congregational — 
Pilgrim. The Pilgrim Church in Duxbury, inc. Mar. 25, 1891 ; Pil- 
grim Congregational Church in Duxbury, — -, 1873 ; inc. 
Mar. 24, 1874. The Trustees of the Wesley an Church in 
Duxbury, , 1843 ; inc. May 8, 1857. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
High Street. West Duxbury Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. -, 1832 ; 
Duxbury Methodist Episcopal Church. Trustees of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Church in Duxbury, inc. Jan. 28, 1824. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Church of Saint John the Evangelist, April 14, 1887. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Duxbury ; Church in Duxborough, 1632. First 
Unitarian Parish, Mar. 3, 1828. 



EAST BRIDGEWATER. 
Congregational — 
Union. Union Church in East Bridgewater ; Union Church in East and 
West Bridgewater, June 20, 1826. Union Society in East 
Bridgewater, inc. May 13, 1864 ; Union Trinitarian Society 
of East and West Bridgewater, April 29, 1826. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, July 3, 1857 ; inc. , 1859 ; 

Second Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Church in East Bridgewater, , 1824 ; 

Third Church in Bridgewater, Oct. 28, 1724. First Parish in 
East Bridgewater, J une 12, 1824; inc. June 12, 1824; East 
Parish or Precinct of Bridgewater, Dec. 14, 1723 ; inc. Dec. 
14,1723. 

E A S T H A M . 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Eastham. Eastham Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1823. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Parish of Eastham, Mass., Aug. 12, 1889 ; inc. 
Aug. 12, 1889. 

* The original First was in Dunstable, N. H., set off in 1741. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 51 



EASTHAMPTON. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church, Easthampton, Mass., Nov. 17, 1785. First Congre- 
gational Parish. 

Payson. The Payson Church, July 8, 1852. Payson Congregational 
Society, May 3, 1852 ; inc. April 23, 1852. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Easthampton. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1863 ; inc. , 1863. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Philip's. Saint Philip's Church, July 8, 1870 ; inc. April 10, 1871. 



EAST LONGMEADOW. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, June 
23, 1818. First Baptist Society in the Town of Longmeadow, 
Jan. 13, 1816 ; inc. Feb. 8, 1819, dissolved Mar. 31, 1873. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church in East Longmeadow, , 1895 ; 

Second Congregational Church in Longmeadow, April 22, 
1829. First Congregational Society in East Longmeadow, inc. 
Mar. 1, 1895 ; Third Religious Society in Longmeadow, Mar. 
30, 1830. Second Parish in Longmeadow, inc. June 17, 1831. 
Proprietors of the Meeting House of the Third Religious Soci- 
ety in Longmeadow, inc. June 16,1827. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Longmeadow. Methodist Episcopal Church in East Longmeadow, 

, 1852. 

EASTON. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Easton, Feb. 13, 1891 ; inc. July 11, 
1891. 

Congregational — 
Easton. Evangelical Congregational Church in Easton, Massachusetts, 
April 7, 1881 ; Church of Christ in Easton, Jan. 28, 1747. 
Evangelical Congregational Society of Easton, Jan. 28, 1839 ; 
inc. Sept. 27, 1882. Proprietors of the new Meeting House in 
Easton, May 7, 1832, dissolved Dec. 27, 1882. 

Swedish. Swedish Church of North Easton, , 1883. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Central. Central Methodist Episcopal Church, North Easton, , 

1861; North Easton Village Church; North Easton Main 
Street Church. 

Unitarian — 

First. Church of Christ in the East Precinct of Norton, , 1718. 

Congregational Parish in Easton, inc. Mar. 1, 1810; Congre- 
gational Parish in Easton, inc. Feb. 7, 1 792. East Precinct 
of Norton, June 5, 1718. 



52 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — Con. 
Unity. Unity Church of North Easton, Massachusetts, Sept. 6, 1876 ; 
Unitarian Church of North Easton, Massachusetts, Jan. 1, 

1868. 

EDGARTOWN. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Edgartown, April 16, 1823. First Bap- 
tist Society of Edgartown, April 16, 1823. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church of Christ, July -, 1612. Edgartown Congregational 
Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. Methodist Episcopal Church of Edgartown. First Methodist 
Episcopal Society of Edgartown, inc. Feb. 28, 1828. 



EGREMONT. 

Baptist — 

North Egremont. North Egremont Baptist Church, , 1789 ; Great 

Barrington and Egremont Baptist Church, , 1777. Baptist 

Society in Egremont, , 1789 ; inc. June 10, 1808 ; Great 

Barrington, Stockbridge, Alford, and Egremont Society. 

Congregational — 
South Egremont Congregational Church of South Egremont, Nov. 
22, 1816 ; inc. Mar. 29, 1833. Congregational Society in 
Egremont, inc. Feb. 21, 1834. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Egremont. Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 1861. 



ENFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Enfield. Congregational Church, Dec. 2, 1789. Congregational Parish 

of Enfield, , 1830 ; South Parish of Greenwich, inc. June 

21,1787. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Enfield. Enfield Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. 15, 1843. 



ERVING. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Erving, Sept. 19, 1832. First 
Evangelical Congregational Society of Erving, Feb. 10, 1855 ; 
inc. Jan. 11, 1842. 

ESSEX. 
Congregational — 
First. Orthodox Congregational Church, Essex; Chebacco Church; 
Second Church in Ipswich, Aug. 12, 1683. First Parish in 
Essex; Second Parish in Ipswich, May 28, 1679; inc. April 
17,1 776. Precinct of Chebacco. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 53 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Essex. Methodist Episcopal Church of Essex, Massachusetts, Dec. 14, 
1830. 

Universalist — 
Essex. Universalist Church, April 20, 1829. 



EVERETT. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church in Everett, Massachusetts, June 8, 1871; 
inc. Sept. 24, 1873. 

Glendale. Olendale Baptist Church of Everett, April 14, 1891 ; inc. 
Oct. 31, 1891. 

Zion. Zion Baptist Church of Everett, Mass., Feb. 24, 1894 ; inc. Feb. 
24, 1894. Zion Mission, Nov. 9, 1893. 

Congregational — 

Courtland Street. Courtland Street Congregational Church, , 

1891. 

First. First Congregational Church of Everett, Mass., Mar. 4, 1891 ; inc. 
April 8, 1891. Everett Congregational Church; South Mai- 
den Congregational Church, Oct. 30, 1861. Everett Congrega- 
tional Society, Dec. 19, 1870; inc. Feb. 20, 1878; South 
Maiden Congregational Society, July 19, 1852. 

Mystic Side. The Mystic Side Congregational Church of Everett, Feb. 
23, 1893 ; inc. April 10, 1893. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. 11, 1870 ; inc. Aug. 21, 
1871. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Everett, Oct. 28, 1892. First Uni- 
versalist Society of Everett, Nov. 5, 1875 ; South Maiden 
Universalist Society, July 8, 1869. 



FAIRHAVEN. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, inc. 
Aug. 22, 1895. Second Church of Christ in New Bedford, 
July 23, 1794. First Congregational Society in Fairhaven, 
inc. Mar. 17,1845. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Fairhaven. Methodist Episcopal Church in Fairhaven, Aug. 30, 1832 ; 
inc. Aug. 30, 1832. 

Unitarian — 
Washington Street. Washington Street Christian Church, Dec. 7, 

1832 ; inc. , 1881. Proprietors of the Washington Street 

Christian Meeting House in Fairhaven, Nov. 30, 1820 ; inc. 
Mar, 11, 1833. 



54 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 



FALL RIVER. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Fall River, Massachusetts, , 1834 ; 

First Baptist Church in Troy, , 1825 ; Second Baptist 

Church, Tiverton, , 1806 ; Second Baptist Church in Free- 
town, , 1781. First Baptist Society, Fall River, Massa- 
chusetts, , 1834; First Baptist Society in Troy, May 14, 

1827 ; inc. June 18, 1831. 

Baptist Temple. Second Baptist Church, June 18, 1846. Second Bap- 
tist Society, , 1846. 

Congregational — 
Broadway. Broadway Congregational Church, , 1894. 

Central. Central Congregational Church of Fall River, Massachusetts, 
Nov. 16, 1842. Central Congregational Society, Jan. 20, 1843 ; 
inc. Jan. 20, 1843. 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1834 ; First Congregational 

Church of Troy, Massachusetts, Jan. 9, 1816. First Congre- 
gational Society in Fall River, inc. Mar. 18, 1845; First 
Congregational Society in Troy, , 1820 ; inc. Feb. 9, 1821. 

Fowler. Fowler Congregational Church, Feb. 3, 1891 ; Third Congre- 
gational Church, June 3, 1874. 

French. French Congregational Church of Fall River, , 1886; inc. 

Oct. 29, 1887. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Brayton. Brayton Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1868. Brayton 

Methodist Episcopal Society. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1825. First Methodist 

Episcopal Society, Jan. 11, 1839 ; inc. Jan. 11, 1839, society dis- 
solved in 1874. The Board of Trustees of the First Methodist 
Episcopal Church, inc. Oct. 26, 1874. 

North. North Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Quarry Street. Quarry Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Sept. 28, 
1870. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, Fall River, 
Mass., April 29, 1851. Trustees of Saint Paul's Methodist 
Episcopal Church. 

Summerfield. Summerfield Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1891 ; 

Park Street Methodist Episcopal Church ; North Main Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church ; Ferry Street Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, Sept. 9, 1874. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Ascension. Church of the Ascension, May 1, 1837. 

Saint James's. Saint James's Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1884. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Protestant Episcopal Church, — -, 1881. 

Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Parish Church of Fall River, inc. July 
17, 1894. Saint Mark's Mission Church, Feb. 3, 1877. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 55 

Unitarian — 
Fall River. Unitarian Society in Fall River, inc. Feb, 5, 1839 ; Unita- 
rian Society at Fall River in the Town of Troy, inc. Mar. 9, 
1832. 

FALMOUTH. 

Congregational — 
East. East Falmouth Congregational Church, June 20, 1821. East 
Falmouth Congregational Society, Aug. 29, 1842. 

First. First Congregational Church, Oct. 10, 1708. 

North. North Falmouth Congregational Church, May -, 1833. North 
Falmouth Congregational Society, May -, 1833. 

Waquoit. Lee Congregational Church of East Falmouth, Jan. 3, 1849. 
Lee Congregational Society of East Falmouth, Aug. 26, 1848. 

Wood's Holl. First Orthodox Congregational Church, Sept. 14, 1880. 
The First Orthodox Congregational Society of Wood's Holl, 
June 1, 1888 ; inc. June 4, 1888. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East. East Falmouth Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1865. 

Falmouth. Falmouth Methodist Episcopal Church. The Methodist 
Society in Falmouth and Sandwich ; First Methodist Society 
in Falmouth, inc. Feb. 28, 1811. 

West. West Falmouth Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1854. 

Wood's Holl. First Methodist Episcopal Church, May 21, 1888 ; Peo- 
ple's Methodist Episcopal Church, July 24, 1884. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Barnabas's. Saint Barnabas's Parish, Dec. 29, 1888. 

Messiah. Church of the Messiah, Wood's Holl, Massachusetts, Sept. 
17, 1852 ; inc. Sept. 28, 1852. Church of the Messiah Parish, 
Sept. 17, 1852 ; inc. Sept. 28, 1852. 



FITCHBURG. 

Baptist — 
Beth Eden. Beth Eden Baptist Church, Mar. 21, 1893; inc. Nov. 1, 
1893. 

First. First Baptist Church of Fitchburg, Mass., inc. Feb. 27, 1891. 
First Baptist Society in Fitchburg, inc. Mar. 17, 1869, society 
dissolved in 1891. Village Baptist Society in Fitchburg, June 
8, 1831 ; inc. Feb. 21, 1834. 

Highland. Highland Baptist Church of Fitchburg, Mass., April 20, 
1891 ; inc. May 6, 1892. 

Congregational — 
Calvinistic. Calvinistic Congregational Church, Oct. - , 1768. Calvin- 
istic Congregational Society in Fitchburg, May 25, 1805 ; inc. 
June 14, 1805. (Act repealed Feb 3, 1814, and the Calvin- 
istic Congregational Society in Fitchburg, and the First 
Parish to constitute " one parish") 

German. German Evangelical Congregational Church, Fitchburg, . 

1889. 



56 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AKD 

Congregational - Con. 
Rollstone. Rollstone Congregational Church, April 16, 1868. Roll- 
stone Congregational Society in Fitchburg, May 25, 1868 ; inc. 
April 29, 1868. 

Swedish. Swedish Evangelical Congregational Church of Fitchburg, 
Mass., Jan. 24, 1892 ; inc. Feb. 13, 1893. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Fitchburg. Fitchburg Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1834. 

West. West Fitchburg Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 17, 1881. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Parish of Christ Church, Fitchburg, Mass., , 1863. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Unitarian Church, Jan. -, 1823. Second Parish in Fitchburg, 

, 1823. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Fitchburg, Aug. 10, 1858. First 
Universalist Society in Fitchburg, Oct. 9, 1844. 



FLORIDA. 
Baptist — 

Fiortda. Florida Baptist Church, , 1810; inc. , 1810. Florida 

Baptist Parish, , 1805 ; inc. , 1805. 



FOXBOROU&H. 
Baptist - 
First. First Baptist Church Corporation, May 11, 1889 ; First Baptist 

Church in Foxborough, Mass., , 1817 ; inc. June 5, 1889. 

First Baptist Society in Foxborough, Mar. 11, 1816, society 
dissolved. 

Congregational — 
Bethany. Orthodox Congregational Church, Mar. -, 1855 ; Foxborough 
Congregational Church, Nov. 25, 1779. Orthodox Congrega- 
tional Society, Jan. 17, 1855. Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund in the Parish in Foxborough, inc. Feb. 16, 1824. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Foxborough. Methodist Episcopal Church, Foxborough, July -, 1893 ; 
inc. July -, 1896. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Mark's. Saint Marias Parish, Foxborough, April 13, 1890 ; inc. 
Jan. 3, 1893. 

Universalist — 
First. Foxborough Universalist Church, inc. Oct. 16, 1896 ; First Uni- 
versalist Church of Foxborough. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 57 



FRAMINGHAM. 

Baptist — 
Framingham. The First Baptist Church in Framingham, inc. Aug. 

31, 1888; Framingham Baptist Church, , 1826. The 

First Baptist Society in Framingham, inc. June 22, 1812. 

South Framingham. Park Street Baptist Church, inc. Oct. 28, 1891 ; 
South Framingham Baptist Church, Mar. 17, 1854. South 
Framingham Parish, parish dissolved. 

Congregational — 
Framingham. The Plymouth Church in Framingham, April 17, 1871 ; 

inc. May 1, 1890; Hollis Evangelical Church, , 1830; 

Church of Christ in Framingham, Oct. 8, 1701. Plymouth 
Society in Framingham, inc. Mar. 31, 1871 ; Hollis Evan- 
gelical Society in Framingham, Feb. 8, 1830. 

Saxonville. Edwards Church, May 26, 1833. Edwards Congrega- 
tional Society, May 26, 1833 ; inc. May 26, 1833. Saxonville 
Religious Society, Feb. 22, 1827 ; inc. Feb. 22, 1827. Saxon- 
ville Parish in the Town of Framingham, Feb. 23, 1827 ; inc. 
Feb. 23, 1827. 

South. Grace Congregational Church of South Framingham, inc. Dec. 
24, 1889 ; South Congregational Church of Christ in Fram- 
ingham, Mass., July 7, 1880 ; South Church of Framingham, 
Jan. 2, 1873. South Congregational Society, Nov. 19, 1872, 
society dissolved. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Saxonville. Saxonville Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1788. 

South. Methodist Episcopal Church of South Framingham, Nov. 5, 
1869 ; inc. April 30, 1884. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, Framingham, Dec. 8, 1886. 

Unitarian — 

First Parish. Unitarian Church, — -, 1826 ; inc. , 1826. First 

Parish, Jan. -, 1830. 

Universalist — 
South. Universalist Church, South Framingham, April 28, 1878. 



FRANKLIN. 

Baptist — 
Franklin. Baptist Church, Mar. 7, 1882. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church in Franklin, Mass., , 1778 ; 

Second Church in Wrentham, Feb. 16, 1738. The First Con- 
gregational Parish in the Town of Franklin, Jan. 16, 1738 ; 
inc. Mar 14, 1805. Second Precinct in Wrentham, Jan. 16, 
1737 ; inc. Dec. 23, 1737. 

South. South Congregational Church of Franklin, Sept. 13, 1855. 
South Franklin Parish, , 1855- 



58 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Franklin. Methodist Episcopal Church, Sept. 9, 1872 ; inc. Sept. 20, 

1872. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Franklin, Sept. -, 1856. First Uni- 
versalist Society, Oct. 4, 1858 ; inc. Mar. -, 1872. 



FREETOWN. 

Congregational — 
Assonet. Assonet Church, , 1807. Congregational Parish in Free- 
town, April 5, 1852. East Precinct, Dec. 2, 1805. 



GARDNER. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Gardner, Nov. 15, 1830 ; inc. April 
20, 1891. First Baptist Society of Gardner, society dissolved 
April 27, 1891. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Feb. 1, 1786. First Parish of 
Gardner, June 17, 1785. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Gardner. Gardner Methodist Episcopal Church, July 3, 1869. 

Swedish. Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, July 8, 1892; inc. 
Aug. 11, 1892. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. St. Paul's Mission Church, Feb. 9, 1883. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Church, Gardner, Oct. 23, 1884; inc. Mar. 31, 
1885. First Unitarian Society, Gardner, Oct. 23, 1884; inc. 
Mar. 31, 1885. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church, , 1874 ; Church of the Unity and 

Restoration, , 1868. First Universalist Parish, , 1874 ; 

Parish of the Unity and Restoration, , 1868. 



GAY HEAD. 

Baptist - 

Gay Head. Gay Head Baptist Church ; Native Baptist Church, » 

1693. Gay Head Baptist Parish. 



GEORGE T OWN. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Georgetown, , 1838; inc. Mar. 5, 

1895; Baptist Church in Rowley, — , 1785. Baptist Be- 
ligious Society in Rowley, June 21, 1811 ; inc. June 21,1811. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 59 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, — -, 1838 ; Second Church in 
Rowley; Second Church of Christ in Rowley, Oct. 4, 1732. 
First Congregational Society in Georgetown, April 9, 1839. 
West or Second Parish in Rowley, Oct. 5, 1731: inc. Oct. /, 
1731. 

Memorial. The Orthodox Memorial Church in Georgetown, Mass., Jan. 
12, 1869 ; inc. Jan. 5, 1895 ; Orthodox Congregational 
Church, Jan. 27, 1864. Orthodox Memorial Society ; Ortho- 
dox Congregational Society, May 15, 1866. 



GILL. 

Congregational — 
Gill. Gill Congregational Church, May 22, 1796. Gill Congregational 

Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Gill. Methodist Episcopal Church of Gill; Mass., April 16, 1827. 



GLOUCESTER. 

Baptist — 
East Gloucester. Chapel Street Baptist Church of Gloucester, Oct. 
29, 1891; East Gloucester Baptist Church, July 13, 1863. 
Parish of the Chai^el Street Baptist Church of Gloucester, Feb. 
29, 1892 ; inc. Feb. 29, 1892. East Gloucester Baptist Society, 
Mar. 14, 1865 ; inc. April 30, 1878. 

First First Baptist Church and Society, Feb. 27, 1840 ; Second Baptist 
Church and Society, April 19, 1830. 

Congregational — 
Lanesville. The North Orthodox Congregational Church, Aug. 25, 
1830. Orthodox Congregational Society, Mar. 6, 1828 ; inc. 
May 4, 1864. 

Magnolia. Union Congregational Church of Magnolia, Feb. 9, 1887 ; 
inc. Dec. 3, 1892 ; Union Congregational Church. 

Trinity. Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester, Massachusetts, 
Mar. 11, 1892 ; inc. April 13, 1892 ; Evangelical Congrega- 
tional Church, Nov. 17, 1829. Evangelical Congregational 
Society, Mar. 13, 1830. 

West. The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, , 

1833; inc. Aug. 26, 1893; Second Church, Oct. 4 1716. 
Second Parish in Gloucester, inc. June 6, 1716. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Bay View. Bay View Methodist Episcopal Church. 

East Gloucester. East Gloucester Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Prospect Street. Prospect Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1883 ; Elm Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1859 ; 

Prospect Street Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 1825. 
Trustees of the Prospect Street Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Gloucester, inc. June 25,1894 ; Trustees of the First Society 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Gloucester ; Trustees of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church in Gloucester Harbor; Trus- 
tees of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 



60 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
Riverdale. Riverdale Methodist Episcopal Church, April 6, 1859; 
Town Parish Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. -, 1838. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, May 15, 1863 ; inc. Oct. 7, 1863. 
Saint John's Parish, Oct. 16, 1871. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Parish Church, , 1642. First Parish in Gloucester, inc. 

Dec. 15,1742. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the First 
Parish in Gloucester, inc. Mar. 3, 1826. 

• 

Universalist — 
Annisquam. Annisquam Universalist Church in Gloucester, Jan. -, 
1890. Third Parish in Gloucester; Annisquam Parish, inc. 
June 11,1728. 

East. East Gloucester Universalist Church, Jan. 17, 1886. Universalist 
Parish, inc. Mar. 22, 1884. 

Gloucester. The Independent Christian Church in Gloucester, Jan. 1, 
1779; inc. June 28, 1792. Independent Christian Society, 
Dec. 25, 1780. 

Lanesville. Lanesville Universalist Church, Jan. ~, 1890. Society of 
the Lanesville Universalist Parish of Gloucester, Massachu- 
setts, Feb. 7, 1876. 



GOSHEN. 

Congregational — 
Goshen. Goshen Congregational Church, Dec. 21, 1780. Goshen Con- 
gregational Parish, Dec. 21, 1780. 



GOSNOLD. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Cuttyhunk. Cuttyhunk Methodist Episcopal Church. 



GRAFTON. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Grafton, Mass., June 20, 1800 ; inc. 

Feb. 23, 1894. First Baptist Society in Grafton, , 1800 ; 

inc. Feb. 18, 1839. 

Second. Second Baptist Church of Grafton, Nov. 9, 1838. 

Congregational — 
Grafton. Evangelical Congregational Church, Grafton, Massachusetts, 
Dec. 28, 1731. Evangelical Congregational Society, Grafton, 
Massachusetts, Feb. 27, 1832. Proprietors of the Evangelical 
Congregational Meeting House in Grafton, in the County of 
Worcester, inc. April 7, 1837. 

Saundersville. Union Congregational Church of Grafton, Massachu- 
setts, inc. Feb. 8,1895 ; Saundersville Congregational Church, 
April 18, 1860. Saundersville Congregational Society, June 
1, 1859. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 61 

Methodist Episcopal — 

North. North Grafton Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1839 ; inc. , 1864. 

Unitarian — 
Grafton. Unitarian Church, — -, 1826. Unitarian Society. Pro- 
prietors of the Congregational Church in Grafton, inc. Feb. 
29, 1864. 

GRANBY. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Granby, Massachusetts, Oct. 3, 
1762 ; (Feb. 15, 1797 " the church in Granby " voted to unite 
with the " West Society ") ; East Congregational Church. First 
Parish, , 1768 ; East Parish, — -, 1762. 



GRANVILLE. 

Baptist — 
Granville Granville Baptist Church, Jan. 15, 1790. 

Congregational — 
East. East Granville Congregational Church ; First Church of Christ 
in Granville, — -, 1747. Congregational Society. East 
Parish, Granville, May 18, 1863. Trustees of the Fund raised 
for the Support of the minister in the East Parish of Gran- 
ville, inc. June 23, 1797. 

West. Congregational Church of West Granville, , 1833 ; Second 

Church of Christ in Granville, Nov. 19, 1781. West Granville 
Parish ; Middle Granville Parish, , 1811. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Granville. Granville Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 15, 1880. 



GREAT BARRINGTON. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Dec. 28, 1743 ; Second Church of 
Sheffield. The Protestant Congregational Society in Great 
Barrington, inc. June 18, 1791. North Parish of Sheffield, 
, 1740 ; inc. June -, 1761. 

Housatonic. Housatonic Church, June 18, 1841. Housatonic Congre- 
gational Society, Dec. 7, 1841. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Great Barrington. Great Barrington Methodist Episcopal Church, 
, 1846. 

Housatonic. Housatonic Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 15, 1869. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint James's. Saint James's Church. Parish of Saint James's Church, 
Sept. 21, 1762. The Protestant Episcopal Society of Great 
Barrington, inc. June 18, 1791 * 

Trinity. Trinity Church, Van Deusenville, , 1829. 



* Feb. 23, 1805, certain persons were annexed to this Society, and not " incorpo- 
rated into" a society, as the title of the Act would imply. 



62 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



GREENFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Feb. 4, 1852. First Baptist Society, Green- 
field, Sept. 13, 1852 ; inc. Sept. 13, 1852. 



Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Mar. 28, 1754 ; inc. Mar. 28, 1754. 
First Congregational Parish, Mar. 28, 1754; inc. Mar. 28, 
1754. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 
Jan. 15, 1817 ; inc. Jan. 15, 1817. The Second Congregational 
Society in Greenfield, inc. Bee. 5, 181 6. Parish of the Second 
Congregational Church, Jan. 15, 1817 ; inc. Jan. 15, 1817. 
Trustees of the Ministerial Fund of the Second Congregational 
Society in Greenfield, inc. Feb. 15, 1820. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Greenfield, Nov. 28, 1834, 
reorganized April 6, 1861. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint James's. Protestant Episcopal Parish of Saint James's Church 
in Greenfield, Sept. 24, 1812 ; inc. June 16, 1813. 



Unitarian — 
Third. Third Congregational Society, June 6, 1825. Proprietors of 
the Unitarian Meeting House in Greenfield in the County of 
Franklin, inc. April 7, 1837. 



GREENWICH. 

Congregational — 
Greenwich. Church of Christ, Dec. 20, 1749. North Parish of Green- 
wich, inc. June 21, 1787. 



GROTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Groton, Massachusetts, Dec. 5, 1832. 



Congregational — 
Union. The Union Congregational Church of Groton, inc. June 7, 1895 ; 
Union Church of Christ in Groton, Massachusetts, Nov. 21, 
1826. Union Orthodox Society in Groton, Feb. 23, 1829, dis- 
solved after a few years. 



Unitarian — 
First, First Parish Church of Groton ; First Church of Groton, July 13, 
1664. First Parish of Groton, Nov. 1, 1826. Trustees of the 
Ministerial Fund of the First Parish in Groton, inc. June 13, 
1814 ; The Trustees of Groton Ministerial Fund, inc. Feb. 
21, 1804. 



KELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 63 



GROVELAND. 

Congregational — 
Groveland. The Orthodox Congregational Church of Christ in Grove- 
land, June -, 1850 ; inc. May 20, 1889 ; Orthodox Congrega- 
tional Church in Groveland, inc. June 1, 1851 ; Second 
Church of Christ in Bradford, June 7, 1727. Congregational 
Society in Groveland, inc. May 15, 1851, society dissolved. 
Second Parish in Bradford, — -, 1726; inc. June 18, 1726, 
parish dissolved in 1889 ; East Parish in Bradford. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Groveland. Methodist Episcopal Church ; Methodist Episcopal Church 
in Bradford, , 1831. Trustees of the First Methodist Epis- 
copal Meeting House in Bradford, inc. Mar. 3, 1838.* 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint James's. Saint James's Episcopal Church, May -, 1872 ; inc. 
May -, 1872. Saint James's Parish, May -, 1871 ; inc. May -, 

HADLEY. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1659. First Society. The 

Trustees of the Congregational Ministerial Fund in Hadley , 
inc. Feb. 12, 1824. 

Russell. Russell Church, July 15, 1841. Russell Congregational 
Society. 

Second. The Second Congregational Church in Hadley, Oct. 26, 1831 ; 
inc. April 18, 1892. Congregational Trinitarian Society of 
Hadley Upper Falls. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Plainville. Plainville Methodist Episcopal Church. 



HALIFAX. 

Congregational — 
Halifax. The Congregational Church of Christ in Halifax, Mass., inc. 
April 2, 1894 ; Congregational Church in Halifax ; Church 
of Christ in Halifax, Oct. 16, 1734 ; Church in Middleborough 
and Halifax. First Religious Society in Halifax. 



HAMILTON. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1793 ; Third Church of Christ 

in Ipswich, Oct. 27, 1714. First Congregational Society of 
Hamilton, April 24, 1883 ; inc. May 2, 1884. First Congre- 
gational Parish in Hamilton, Feb. 27, 1829; inc. Feb. 27, 
1829, parish dissolved Mar. 31,1884, if the Act was accepted 
within three months. Parish of Ipswich Hamlet, inc. Oct. 29, 
1713. 



* Meeting House was sold to the Trustees of the First Independent Church in 
Groveland in 1852, and re-purchased in 1865. 



64 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



HAMPDEN. 

Baptist— 
First. First Baptist Church of Hampden, inc. June 26, 1896 ; Baptist 

Church of South Wilbraham, , 1855 ; Monson and Wil- 

braham Baptist Church, , 1794. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Hampden, Mar. 28, 1878 ; First 

Congregational Church of South Wilbraham, , 1785. The 

First Congregational Society of Hampden, , 1881 ; inc. 

Mar. 12, 1881. The South Parish of Wilbraham, inc. June 
20,1782. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Hampden. Methodist Episcopal Church, Hampden, Mass., , 1878 ; 

Methodist Episcopal Church, Wilbraham, about 1825 or 1830. 



HANCOCK. 
Baptist — 
Hancock. Baptist Church in Hancock. June -, 1772. 



HANOVER. 

Baptist— 
Hanover. Baptist Church of Christ in Hanover, Feb. 11, 1806. Hanover 
Baptist Society, July 18, 1811. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Dec. 11, 1728. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, April 12, 1854. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hanover. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Andrew's. Saint Andrew's Church, , 1731 ; inc. , 1731. 

The Episcopal Protestant Society of Saint Andrew's Church 
in Scituate, inc. Feb. 23, 1797. The Episcopal Parish of 
Saint Andreiv's Church, inc. Feb. 25, 1811. Saint Andrew's 

Parish, , 1731 ; inc. , 1731. Trustees of the Fund in 

the Episcopal Society of Saint Andrew's in Hanover, inc. Mar. 
2, 1815. 

HANSON. 

Baptist — 
South. South Hanson Baptist Church, , 1812. 

Congregational — 

Hanson. Hanson Congregational Church, , 1833 ; Church of Christ 

in Hanson, , 1826 ; Second Church of Christ in Pembroke, 

Aug. 31, 1748. Hanson Congregational Society, , 1820. 

West Parish of Pembroke, Sept. 4, 1746. Second Precinct in 
Pembroke, July 14, 1746. Trustees of the Church and Con- 
gregation in the Second Precinct in Pembroke, inc. Feb. 10, 
1795. 



KELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 65 



HARDWICK. 

Congregational — 
Calvinistic. Calvinistic Church, Nov. 13, 1827 ; Congregational Church, 
Nov. 17, 1736. First Calvinistic Society, Nov. 13, 1827; 
inc. Nov. 13, 1827 ; Congregational Society, Nov. 17, 1736 ; inc. 
Nov. 17, 1736. 

Gilbertville. Trinitarian Congregational Church, Mar. 7, 1867. First 
Congregational Society of Gilbertville, April 14, 1874; Re- 
ligious Society of Gilbertville, Feb. 26, 1867. 



HARVARD. 

Baptist — 
Harvard. Baptist Church in Harvard, Massachusetts, June 27, 1776. 

Congregational — 

Harvard. Evangelical Congregational Church, , 1856 ; Calvinistic 

Congregational Church, Mar. 22, 1821. Evangelical Congre- 
gational Society, , 1821. 

Unitarian — 

Harvard. Congregational Church, , 1733. First Congregational 

Parish, , 1733. 



HARWICH. 

Baptist — 
West Harwich. First Baptist Church in Harwich, Sept. 29, 1757. 
The Baptist Religious Society in Harwich, inc. June 27 \ 
1798. 

Congregational — 
Harwich. Harwich Congregational Church, Nov. 6, 1747. 

Pilgrim. Pilgrim Church, April 24, 1855. Pilgrim Society, Jan. 22, 
1855. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

East Harwich. East Harwich Methodist Episcopal Churchy , 1797 ; 

inc. , 1797. Methodist Episcopal Society, , 1797 ; inc. 

, 1797. 

South Harwich. Methodist Episcopal Church, South Harwich , 

1853 ; inc. , 1855 ; Wesleyan Methodist Church, Jan. 18, 

1845 ; First Reformed Methodist Church, , 1835. Trustees 

of the Second Methodist Episcopal Church in Harwich, inc. 
Feb. 25, 1852. 

Universalist — 
First. The First Universalist Parish of Harwich, inc. April 10, 1888. 



HATFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Hatfield. Congregational Church of Hatfield, about 1671. First Parish 
of Hatfield, ,1671. 



m CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



HAVERHILL. 

Baptist — 
Calvary. Calvary Baptist Church of Haverhill, , 1871 ; First Bap- 
tist Church of Bradford. 

First. First Baptist Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, May 9, 1765. 
The Baptist Religious Society in Haverhill, inc. Feb. 18, 1793. 
Trustees of the Ministerial Fund of the Baptist Beligious 
Society in Haverhill, inc. Jan. 16, 1823. 

Mount Washington. Mount Washington Baptist Church, Dec. 16, 
1885; Messiah Baptist Church. Mount Washington Baptist 
Religious Society, Feb. 3, 1888 ; inc. Feb. 3, 1888. 

Portland Street. Portland Street Baptist Church, - , 1865 ; Third 

Baptist Church, Feb. 3, 1859. Portland Street Baptist Society, 
April 3, 1865 ; inc. May 13, 1865; Third Baptist Society in 
Haverhill, June 13, 1859 ; inc. , 1859 

Second. Second Baptist Church, Haverhill, Jan. 1, 1822. Second Bap- 
tist Society in Haverhill, Jan. 31, 1821 ; inc. June 14, 1823. 

Congregational — 
Centre. Centre Congregational Church, Aug. 28, 1833. Centre Con- 
gregational Society in Haverhill, — -, 1840 ; inc. Mar. 18, 
1840; Independent Congregational Society in Haverhill, 
, 1833 ; inc. , 1833. Trustees of the Haverhill Con- 
gregational Ministerial Fund, inc. Jan. 16, 1823. 

First of Bradford. First Church of Christ in Bradford, Dec. 27, 

1682. First Parish in Bradford, , 1726; inc. June 17, 

1726. First Congregational Society in Bradford. Proprie- 
tors of the Bradford Meeting House, inc. May 21, 1851 ; Pro- 
prietors of West Bradford Meeting House, inc. Mar. 4, 1835. 
The Trustees of the Funds for the Support of a Congrega- 
tional Gospel Minister in the First Parish in Bradford, inc. 
Feb. 10, 1804. 

Fourth. Fourth Church, Haverhill, Sept. 6, 1744. East Parish of 
Haverhill, Nov. 2, 1743, 

North. North Congregational Church in Haverhill, Mar. 19, 1859 ; 
Church in the North Precinct in Haverhill, Nov. 4, 1730. 
North Congregational Society, Mar. 1, 1859. A Parish* inc. 

April 7, 1753; North Parish in Haverhill, f , 1728. 

Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the North Parish in 
Haverhill, inc. Feb. 8, 1823. 

Riverside. Riverside Congregational Church, inc. Mar. 10, 1890; 
Tilton's Corner Congregational Church, Mar. 18, 1884. River- 
side Congregational Society, Oct, 18, 1884; Union Society, 
, 1880. 

Saint John's. The First French Congregational Church in Haver- 
hill, Jan. 18, 1894 ; inc. Mar. 2, 1894. Saint John's Congre- 
gational Church, June 9, 1893. 

Union. Union Congregational Church of Haverhill, Mass., Oct. 21, 
1891 ; inc. Jan. 1, 1892. 

* By the running of the line between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, in 1741, 
a part of the North Parish was included in New Hampshire. The southerly part, 
remaining in Massachusetts, was incorporated as "A Parish." 

f " The North Parish in Haverhill and the Congregational Society in Plaistow are 
united for many purposes." Mass. Term Reports. 



EELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 67 

Congregational — Con. 
Ward Hill. Ward Hill Church of Chris/,, Aug. 21, 1893: inc. Sent. 
25, 1893. L 

West. West Congregational Church of Haverhill, Oct. 22, 1735; inc. 
Nov. 5, 1894. West Parish of Haverhill, , 1734.* 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 
Jan. -, 1852 ; inc. May 8, 1852. 

Grace. Grace Methodise Episcopal Church, , 1869. 

People's. People's Methodist Episcopal Church, June -, 1891; Brad- 
ford Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 7, 1890. 

Third. Third Methodist Episcopal Church, Sept. 21, 1893 ; inc. Sept. 
21, 1893. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Saint John's. Church of Saint John the Evangelist, , 1874. 

Trinity. Trinity Church, — -, 1855. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church, Oct. 24, 1645, dissolved in 1860. First Parish, 
, 1641 ; South Parish ; Old Parish. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist "Church of Haverhill, June -, 1837. First 
Universalist Society in the Town of Haverhill, June 12, 1824 ; 
inc. June 12, 1824 ; First Universalist Society in Haverhill 
and Adjacent Towns, Mar. 17, 1823. 

Mount Washington. Mount Washington Universalist Church, inc. 

, 1889. The Mount Washington Universalist Parish in 

Haverhill, , 1889 ; inc. Oct. 28, 1889. 

West. West Haverhill Universalist Church, Sept. 25, 1891 ; West 
Parish Church. First Universalist Society in the West Parish 
of Haverhill, Aug. 30, 1852. West Haverhill Universalist 
Parish, — -, 1834. " West Part of South Precinct made a 
Precinct," inc. April 10, 1734.\ 



HAWLEY". 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church in Hawley, Mass., Aug. 20, 1890 ; 
inc. Dec. 31, 1890 ; East Church in Hawley, — -, 1825 ; 

Church in Hawley, , 1792 ; Church in Plantation No. 7. 

(Probably). 

West. Second Church in Hawley, Aug. 24, 1825. Second Congrega- 
tional Society in Hawley, Mar. 31, 1824. 



HEATH. 

No church of the denominations here presented. 



* The Parish was connected with the West Universalist Church for a time, 
f Precinct was connected with the West Congregational Church for a time. 



68 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



HINGHAM. 

Baptist — 
Hingham. Baptist Church, , 1831. Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
Hingham. Evangelical Congregational Church, Hingham, Dec. 21, 
1847. Evangelical Congregational Church Society, Nov. 20, 
1847 ; inc. Jan. 11, 1849. 

Nantasket. Bethany Congregational Society of Nantasket, April 5, 
1892 ; inc. May 26, 1892. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, July 3, 1818. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Church of Saint John the Evangelist, June 13, 1888. 
Society of Saint John the Evangelist. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Hingham, Sept -, 1635. First Parish in Hing- 
ham, Mar. 6, 1721. 

Second. Church in the Second Parish, , 1770 ; Church in the Third 

Parish, Nov. 20, 1746. Second Unitarian Society, South Hing- 
ham, — -, 1842. Second Parish, , 1770 ; Third Parish, 

Mar. 25, 1745. 

Third. Third Church of Christ in Hingham, June 17, 1807. Third 
Congregational Society in Hingham, Mar. 16, 1807 ; inc. Feb. 
13, 1807. New North Meeting House Corporation, inc. Feb. 
27, 1807. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Hingham, Mass., Nov. 1, 1856. 
First Universalist Society of Hingham, Nov. 1, 1823. Pro- 
prietors of the First Universalist Meeting House in Hingham, 
inc. Mar. 10, 1830. 



HINSDALE. 

Baptist — 
Hinsdale. Baptist Church, Mar. 25, 1882. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Hinsdale, , 1804 ; Congre- 
gational Church of the West Parish of Partridgefield, Dec. 
17, 1795. First Congregational Society of Hinsdale, Jan. 13, 
1834. West Parish of Partridgefield, inc. June 23, 1795. 



HOLBROOK. 
Baptist — 

Brookville. Brookville Baptist Church, , 1873 ; South Randolph 

Baptist Church, April 10, 1869. Brookville Baptist Parish, 
, 1873 ; South Randolph Baptist Parish, April 10, 1869. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 69 

Congregational — 
Winthrop. Winthrop Congregational Church, Dec. 30, 1856 ; Second 
Congregational Church of Randolph, Dec. 15, 1818. Winthrop 
Society, Dec. 20, 1856. East Parish in Randolph, Nov. 20, 
1817 ; inc. Feb. 15, 1819. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Holbrook. Holbrook Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 11, 1879. 



HOLDEN. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1806. Holden Baptist Society, Mar. 

15, 1828 ; inc. Mar. 15, 1828. 

Congregational — 
Holden. Congregational Church of Holden, Dec. 24, 1888 ; inc. Dec. 24, 
1888 ; Church of Holden, Dec. 22, 1743. North Precinct in 
Worcester, inc. Dec. 20, 1740. 



HOLLAND. 
Congregational — 
Holland. Evangelical Trinitarian Congregational Church ; Congrega- 
tional Church of Christ in Holland ; Church in South Brim- 
field, Sept. 13, 1765. Orthodox Congregational Society of 
Holland, April 9, 1864 ; Evangelical Congregational Society 
of Holland. East Parish in the District of South Brimfield, 
me. Feb. 21, 1766. 



HOLLISTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Holliston, Massachusetts, Aug. 28, 1860. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church of Holliston, Massachusetts, 
Oct. 31, 1728 ; inc. April 4, 1894. Holliston First Parish, 
, 1836. Trustees of the Eames Ministerial Fund in Hol- 
liston, inc. Feb. 14, 1829. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Holliston. Methodist Episcopal Church of Holliston, — -, 1831. 
Methodist Episcopal Society in Holliston, inc. Mar. 18, 1834, 
society dissolved April 10, 1865. 

Universalist — 
First. The First Universalist Parish in Holliston, April 18, 1890 ; inc. 
April 28, 1890. 

HOLYOKE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Holyoke, — -, 1850; First Baptist 
Church of West Springfield, Oct. 5, 1803. First Baptist 
Society. 

Second. Second Baptist Church, June 27, 1849 ; inc. , 1849. Sec- 
ond Baptist Society, , 1849 ; inc. , 1849. 



70 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Holyoke, May 2, 1850 ; Congre- 
gational Church in Ireland Parish, West Springfield, Dec. 4, 
1799; Third Church in West Springfield. First Orthodox 
Congregational Society. Third Parish in West Springfield, 
inc. July 7,1786. 

French. French Congregational Church of Holyoke, June 20, 1886 ; inc. 
Mar. 2, 1887. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 
May 24, 1850 ; First Congregational Church of Ireland Depot, 
April 29, 1849. Second Congregational Society of Holyoke, 

Massachusetts, ,1850; First Congregational Society of 

Ireland Depot, , 1849. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. The Methodist Episcopal Church of Holyoke, , 1853. 

Highlands. Highlands Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, Sept. 19, 1863 ; inc. Sept. 21, 1863. 

Unitarian — 
Holyoke. Liberal Christian Congregational Church, June 27, 1874; 
inc. June 27, 1874. Liberal Christian Congregational Society, 
June 27, 1874 ; inc. June 27, 1874. 



HOPEDALE. 

Unitarian — 
Hoped ale. Hopedale Parish, Oct. 20, 1867 ; inc. Aug. 16, 1887. 



HOPKINTON. 

Baptist — 
Woodville. Woodville Baptist Church, Aug. 31, 1842 ; inc. Sept. -, 
1877. Branch of the First Baptist Church of Westborough, 
Nov. 23, 1837. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, Mass., Sept. 2, 1724; 
inc. May 20, 1895. First Parish. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hopkinton. Hopkinton Methodist Episcopal Church, May 1, 1851. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
St. Paul's. St. PauVs Church in Hopkinton,— -, 1743; inc. June 11, 
1819. 

HUBBARDSTON. 

Congregational — 
Hubbardston. Evangelical Congregational Church, June 3, 1861 ; Cal- 
vinistic Church, Nov. 1, 1827. Evangelical Congregational 
Society, June 3, 1861 ; Calvinistic Congregational Society of 
Hubbardston, June 4, 1827. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 71 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hubbardston. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1839. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, , 1827 ; Church in Hubbard- 
ston, Feb. 14, 1770. First Congregational Society, Feb. 13, 
1828 ; inc. , 1833. First Society. First Parish. 



HUDSON. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, Hudson, , 1887 ; Feltonville Baptist 

Church, , 1851. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Hudson, Mass., Oct. 14, 1889 ; 
inc. July 3, 1890. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hudson. Hudson Methodist Episcopal Church, April 20, 1865 ; inc. 
— -, 1865. 

Unitarian — 
First. The First Unitarian Society of Hudson, May 5, 1890 ; inc. Mar. 
28, 1890 ; Union Society, June 29, 1860 ; inc. June 29, 1860. 



HULL. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hull. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1860. 



HUNTINGTON. 

Baptist — 
Huntington. Huntington Baptist Church, Sept. 2, 1855 ; Baptist Church 
of Chester Village. 

Congregational — 

First. First Church in Huntington, , 1855 ; Congregational Church 

of Norwich, July -, 1778. First Parish in Huntington, , 

1832. 

Second. Second Congregational Church in Huntington, Aug. 26, 1846. 

HYDE PARK. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Hyde Park; Fairmount Baptist Church, 
Sept. 23, 1858. First Baptist Society of Hyde Park, Massa- 
chusetts, June 29, 1874 ; inc. June 29, 1874 ; Hyde Park and 
Fairmount Baptist Society, Oct. 18, 1861 ; inc. Oct. 18, 1861. 

Congregational — 
Clarendon Hills. The Clarendon Congregational Church, April 19, 
1880; inc. July 28, 1890. Clarendon Hills Congregational 
Society of Hyde Park, inc. Mar. 16, 1881; Clarendon Hills 
Evangelical Society, Nov. 10, 1872, 



72 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
First. The First Congregational Church of Hyde Park, Mass., May 7, 
1863 ; inc. May 29, 1895. Hyde Park Congregational So- 
ciety, Nov. 2, 1865 ; inc. Nov. 2, 1865. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hyde Park. The Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Hyde 
Park, , 1870 ; inc. , 1870. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1861 ; inc. , 1861. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society of Hyde Park, May 5, 1880 ; Second Con- 
gregational Society of Hyde Park, April 22, 1869. Christian 
Fraternity of Hyde Park and Vicinity, June 3, 1868. 

Universalist — 
Hazlewood. The Hazlewood Universalist Parish of Hyde Park, Jan. 
16, 1893 ; inc. Feb. 3, 1893. 



IPSWICH. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Ipswich, Nov. 6, 1892. 

Congregational — 
First. Church of Christ in Ipswich, before 1634 ; First Parish Church. 
First Parish, Sept. 24, 1724. 

Linebrook. Congregational Church in Linebrook Parish of Ipswich 
and Rowley, Nov. 15, 1746. Linebrook Parish of Ipswich 
and Rowley, Mar. 21, 1745 ; inc. June 4, 1746. Proprietors 
of the Meeting House. 

South. South Church, July 21, 1747. South Parish, Aug. 4, 1747. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ipswich. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1822. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Ascension. Ascension Memorial Church, — -, 1882 ; Church of the 
Ascension, , 1867. 



KINGSTON. 

Baptist — 

Kingston. Baptist Church, , 1806. Baptist Society of Kingston, 

Nov. 13, 1868. 



Congregational — 
Mayflower. Mayflower Congregational Church, Dec. 22, 1878 ; Evan- 
gelical Congregational Church, Mar. 19, 1828. Second Con- 
gregational Society, , 1828. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 73 

Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Parish of Kingston, , 1726 ; inc. , 

1726 ; North Precinct in Plymouth, or Jones River Precinct, 
, 1717. The Trustees of the funds appropriated to the sup- 
port of a Minister of the Congregational Denomination in the 
Town of Kingston, inc. Feb. 26. 1802. 



LAKEVILLE. 

Congregational — 
Lakeville. Precinct Congregational Church, Oct. 6, 1725. Lakeville 
and Taunton Precinct Society, — -, 1876 ; inc. April 20, 
1875; Middleborough and Taunton Precinct Society, inc. 
June 16, 1719. West Precinct. 

Union Grove. Union Grove Church, Aug. 19, 1877. 

LANCASTER. 

Congregational — 
Lancaster. The Evangelical Church in Lancaster, May 22, 1839. 
Evangelical Society in Lancaster, June 26, 1852 ; inc. May 
18, 1852 ; The Evangelical Society of the Town of Lancaster, 
Feb. 20, 1839. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Lancaster, Sept. -, 1660. First Congregational 
Society of Lancaster. 



LANESBOROUGH. 

Baptist — 
Lanesborough. Lanesborough Baptist Church, Feb. 13, 1818 ; inc. 
May 30, 1818. Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
Lanesborough. Congregational Church, Mar. 28, 1764 ; inc. Mar. 28, 
1764. Congregational Society, Mar. 28, 1764. First Parish, 
, 1824. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Lanesborough. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1830. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Luke's. Saint Luke's Church, Oct. 6, 1767. Protestant Episcopal 
Parish of St. Luke^s Church in Lanesborough, Oct. 6, 1767 ; 
inc. Feb. 3, 1823. 



LAWRENCE. 

Baptist - . 
First. First Baptist Church of Lawrence, Massachusetts ; Amesbury 
Street Baptist Church of Lawrence, Massachusetts, June 7, 
1847. First Baptist Society in Lawrence, May 22, 1852 ; inc. 
June 6,1856: Amesbury Street Baptist Society in Lawrence, 
Mar. 25, 1847. 

Second. Second Baptist Church of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 
1860. Second Baptist Society, Jan. 7, 1861. 



74 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Lawrence Street. Lawrence Street Congregational Church, April 9, 
1847. Lawrence Street Society, March -, 1848; The Mer- 
rimac Congregational Society, Aug. 8, 1846. 

Riverside. Riverside Congregational Church, Mar. 9, 1878. Riverside 
Mission Chapel, June 5, 1875. 

South. South Congregational Church, , 1858. 

Trinity. Trinity Congregational Church, June 28, 1883. Parish of 
Trinity Church, , 1883 ; inc. , 1883. 

United. United Congregational Church, Mar. 8, 1886 ; Tower Hill Con- 
gregational Church, Oct. 8, 1877 ; Tower Hill Union Evan- 
gelical Church, Mar. 6, 1876 ; Primitive Methodist Church, 
May 8, 1875. United Congregational Society, Mar. 8, 1886 ; 
inc. April 22, 1886 , Tower Hill Congregational Society of 
Lawrence, Oct. 8, 1877 ; inc. Feb. 28, 1876. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, July -, 1846 ; inc. , 1847. 

Garden Street. Second Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1853. 

Parker Street. Parker Street Church, Sept. 16, 1870. 

Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Methodist Episcopal Church, May -, 1890 ; 
Bodwell Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Dec. -, 1879. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, Oct. 14, 1846 ; inc. , 1847. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Church, inc. May 14, 1866. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society in Lawrence, Aug. 30, 1847. 

Universalist — 
Good Shepherd. Chur.ch of the Good Shepherd, April 30, 1869 ; inc. 
May 12, 1886 ; First Universalist Church of Lawrence, May 
22, 1859. First Universalist Society of Lawrence, Nov. 15, 
1847 ; inc. Nov. 15, 1847. 



LEE. 

Baptist — 
Bethel. Bethel Baptist Church, Nov. 22, 1863 ; Baptist Church. Bethel 
Baptist Society, Feb. 13, 1865. 

Congregational — 
Lee. Lee Congregational Church, May 25, 1780. Lee Congregational 

Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Lee. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1840. Methodist Episcopal 

Society of Lee, Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1839 ; inc. Jan. 16, 
1839. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint George's. Saint George's Protestant Episcopal Church, Lee, 
Massachusetts, June 4, 1856. Parish of Saint George's 
Church, Lee, Massachusetts, June 4, 1856. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 75 



LEICESTER. 

Baptist — 
Greenville. Greenville Baptist Church in Leicester, Sept. 28, 1738. 
Greenville Baptist Society in Leicester, inc. May 2, 1853; 
Baptist Society in Leicester, inc. June 16, 1820* 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church in Leicester, , 1886 ; First 

Church of Christ, Sept. 15, 1721 ; Church of Christ, about 
1719. First Parish of Leicester, Feb. 9, 1833. Trustees of 
the Ministerial Fund belonging to the Congregational Society 
in the Town of Leicester, inc. June 12, 1824. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Cherry Yalley. Cherry Valley Church, July 17, 1845. 

Leicester. Leicester Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. -, 1893. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Rochdale. Christ Church in Leicester, May 1, 1824 ; inc. Feb. 15, 
1825. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, July 9, 1834. Second Con- 
gregational Society in Leicester, April 13, 1833. Proprietors 
of the Second Congregational Meeting House in Leicester, 
June 14, 1834 ; inc. Mar 19, 1834. 



LENOX, 

Congregational — 
Lenox. Lenox Congregational Church, , 1769. Lenox Congrega- 
tional Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Lenox. Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1800. The Methodist Epis- 
copal Society of Lenox, inc. June 22, 1811. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Church, Lenox, Oct. 5, 1790. The Protestant Episco- 
pal Society of Lenox, inc. Mar. 4, 1805, 



LEOMINSTER. 

Baptist — 
Central. Central Baptist Church of Leominster, Mar. 10, 1850, 
Leominster Central Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
Leominster. Congregational Church, Dec. 10, 1822. Orthodox Con- 
gregational Society in Leominster, inc. Feb 20, 1874 ; Evan- 
gelical Society in Leominster. 

North Leominster. Congregational Church of Christ, May 6, 1874. 
Congregational Society of North Leominster, April 7, 1875. 

* Meeting House originally owned by Dr, Thomas Green ; deeded to the Society 
of Christian Believers, May 23, 1777. 



76 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Leominster. Methodist Episcopal Church of Leominster, Massachu- 
setts, Dec. 27, 1821. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Mission. June -, 1893 



Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church in Leominster ; First Church of 
Christ in Leominster, , 1743. Parish of the First Congre- 
gational Society in Leominster, , 1835 First Parish of 

Leominster, Sept. 14, 1743; inc , 1743. {The First and 

Second Precincts united as " one Parish," Nov. 16, 1787.) 

Universalist — 
First. The First Universalist Society of Leominster, Aug. 29, 1895 ; 
inc. Oct. 9, 1895. 



LEVERETT. 
Baptist — 
North Leverett. North Leverett Baptist Church; Baptist Church 

of Leverett and Montague ; Baptist Church of Leverett, , 

1791 ; Baptist Church of Montague, July 16, 1767. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Leverett, Massachusetts, Oct. 
10, 1774. First Congregational Society. 



LEXINGTON. 
Baptist — 

First. The First Baptist Church of Lexington, , 1834 ; inc. Dec. 3, 

1891. First Baptist Society of Lexington, society dissolved. 
Trustees of the First Baptist Church in Lexington, inc. Mar. 
31, 1834s 



Congregational — 
Hancock. Hancock Congregational Church, July 23, 1868 ; The Evan- 
gelical Church of Lexington, May 20, 1868. Hancock Con- 
gregational Society, July -, 1868. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Our Redeemer. Church of Our Redeemer, April 14, 1884 ; inc. Feb. 
25, 1887. Parish of the Church of Our Redeemer, April 14, 

1884. 



Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1845 ; Church of Christ in 

North Cambridge or Cambridge Farms, Oct. 21, 1696. First 

Congregational Society, , 1845; inc. , 1845. Parish 

of Cambridge Farms, Mar. -, 1692 ; inc. Dec. 15, 1691. Trus- 
tees of the Lexington Ministerial Fund, inc. June 16, 1817, 

Follen. Follen Church, , 1886; inc. Feb, 27, 1885; Church of 

the Redeemer in Lexington, , 1865 ; inc. Mar. 30, 1865. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 77 



LEYDEN. 
Methodist Episcopal — 
Leyden. Methodist Episcopal Church, May -, 1810 ; inc. , 1868.* 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Leyden, Dec. 20, 1866 ; inc. Dec. 20, 
1866. First Universalist Society of Leyden, Dec. 16, 1858.* 



LINCOLN. 

Congregational — 

First. First Church, , 1754 ; Church in the Precinct set off from 

Weston, Concord, and Lincoln, Aug. 20, 1747. First Parish, 
May 15, 1830. Second Precinct of Weston, , 1746. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Anne's. Saint Anne's Church, South Lincoln, April 6, 1874. 

Unitarian — 
Lincoln. Unitarian Congregational Church of Lincoln, Nov. 6, 1842. 
Unitarian Congregational Society of Lincoln, Aug. 12, 1841. 



LITTLETON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Littleton, Massachusetts, Mar. 7, 1822. 
First Baptist Society in Littleton, Mar. 14, 1821 ; inc. Feb. 8, 
1823. 

Congregational — 
Littleton. Orthodox Congregational Church, May 11, 1840. Orthodox 
Congregational Society, Mar. 22, 1840. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Church in Littleton, , 1832 ; Church in 

Littleton, Dec. 25, 1717. First Congregational Society in 
Littleton, , 1832. 



LONGMEADOW. 

Congregational — 

First. The First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, , 1783 ; inc. Dec. 

18, 1891 ; Second Church in Springfield, Feb. 10, 1713. 
First Parish in the Town of Longmeadow ; Second Parish in 

Springfield, , 1713. Precinct at Longmeadoiv, inc. Feb. 

17, 1714. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the First 
Parish in Longmeadow, inc. June 14, 1823. 



LOWELL. 

Baptist — 
Branch Street Tabernacle. Branch Street Church, July 1, 1869. 

Fifth Street. Fifth Street Baptist Church, Mar. 17, 1874. Central- 
ville Chapel. 

* The meeting-house is owned jointly by the Methodists and Universalists. 



78 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Baptist — Coo. 
First. First Baptist Church of Lowell, Massachusetts, Feb. 6, 1826. 
First Baptist Society of Lowell. Proprietors of the First Bap- 
tist Meeting House in Lowell, , 1826 ; inc. Mar. 4, 1826. 

Worthen Street. Worthen Street Baptist Church, Aug. 30, 1838; 
Second Baptist Church, Sept. 13, 1831. Worthen Street Bap- 
tist Society, Mar. -, 1845 ; Second Baptist Society in Lowell, 
inc. Mar. 27, 1833. 

Congregational — 

Eliot. Eliot Church,, , 1875; Appleton Street Church, ,1839; 

inc. Mar. 20, 1840 ; Second Congregational Church, Dec. 2, 

1830. Eliot Congregational Society, , 1875 ; inc. Mar. 10, 

1875 ; Appleton Street Congregational Society in Lowell, 
, 1856 ; inc. , 1856. Proprietors of the Second Con- 
gregational Meeting House in Lowell, Dec. 2, 1830 ; inc. Feb. 
6, 1829. 

First. The First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Lowell, Mass., 
inc. June 29, 1896; First Congregational Church, June 6, 
1826. Society of the First Congregational Church in Lowell, 
Massachusetts, Jan. 18, 1871 ; inc. May 28, 1873. Proprietors 
of the First Congregational Meeting House in Lowell, inc. 
June 20, 1826. 

French. French Protestant Church, July 3, 1877 ; inc. Mar. 21, 1887. 

High. High Street Church, Jan. 22, 1846. High Street Society. Pro- 
prietors of the High Street Church in Lowell, inc. Mar. 2, 
1846. 

Highland. Highland Congregational Church in Lowell, Jan. 1, 1884 ; 
inc. April 30, 1884. 

John Street, John Street Congregational Church, May 9, 1839. John 
Street Congregational Society, May 21, 1857. Proprietors of 
John Street Church in Lowell, inc. Feb. 22, 1839. 

Kirk Street. Kirk Street Congregational Church and Society, May 
21, 1845. Fourth Congregational Society of Lowell, Massa- 
chusetts, July -, 1846. Proprietors of the Kirk Street Church 
in Lowell, inc. Mar. 2, 1846. 

Pawtucket. Pawtucket Congregational Church, Lowell, Massachu- 
setts, Nov. 19, 1819. West Congregational Church and Society 
in Dracut, inc. April 2, 1850 ; Presbyterian Church and So- 
ciety in Dracut, inc. Feb. 7, 1820; West Parish Church, 
Dracut, Aug. 31, 1797. Paivtucket Society in Lowell, Mar. 8, 
1875 ; inc. April 6, 1876 ; The West Congregational Society 
in Dracut, inc. June 22, 1797. 

Swedish. Swedish Congregational Church, , 1885. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Central. Central Methodist Episcopal Church ; Methodist Episcopal 
Church at Central Station, April -, 1854; inc. July 1, 1854. 

Central ville. Centralville Methodist Episcopal Church, Lowell, Mas- 
sachusetts, June 19, 1887 ; inc. Aug. 11, 1887. 

Highland. Highland Methodist Episcopal Church of Lowell, Massa- 
chusetts, April 27, 1875; inc. Mar. 22, 1886; Loring Street 
Methodist Episcopal Church. 



EELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 79 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, Lowell, Mass., 
Nov. 14, 1839 ; inc. June 23, 1883 ; First Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, June 1, 1824. First Methodist Episcopal Society 
in the Town of Lowell, inc. Feb. 21, 1827, reincorporated 
April 16, 1846. Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
at Saint Paul's Station in Lowell, inc. April 30, 1852. 

Worthen Street. Worthen Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. 
11, 1841 ; inc. May 23, 1842, reincorporated Jan. 23, 1857. 
Proprietors of the First Wesley an Methodist Meeting House in 
Lowell, inc. Mar. 8, 1844. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
House of Prater. Church of the House of Prayer, Dec. 10, 1877. 

Saint Ann's. Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of Saint Ann's Church, 
Lowell, Mass., Feb. 24, 1824. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Parish, July 30, 1860. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society of Lowell, Massachusetts ; South Con- 
gregational Society in Lowell, Nov. 7, 1830. Proprietors of 
the South Congregational Meeting House in Lowell, inc. Mar. 
18, 1831. 

Unity. Unity Congregational Church, Dec, -, 1895 ; inc. Dec. 30, 1895. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church. Proprietors of the First Universalist 
Meeting House in Lowell, inc. June 12, 1828, Mar. 26, 
1833 and April 17, 1837. 

Grace. Shattuck Street Universalist Church, Jan. 27, 1882; Second 
Universalist Church, Jan. 20, 1843. Grace Universalist So- 
ciety, inc. Feb. 21, 1895; The Shattuck Street Universalist 
Society in Lowell, inc. Feb. 29, 1888 ; Second Universalist 
Society in Loivell, Sept. 4, 1836 ; inc. Sept. 26, 1870. Pro- 
prietors of the Second Universalist Meeting House in Lowell, 
inc. Mar. 2, 1838. 



LUDLOW. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Ludlow, , 1789. First Parish 

of Ludlow, Dec. 9, 1835. 

Union. Church of Christ, Ludlow, Massachusetts, June 6, 1867. Lud- 
low Religious Society, June 3, 1867. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ludlow Centre. Ludlow Centre Methodist Episcopal Church ; Trus- 
tees of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Ludlow Centre, Oct. 
11, 1869. 

LUNENBURG. 

Congregational — 
First. First Evangelical Congregational Church, Lunenburg, Mass., 
June 10, 1835 ; inc. Feb. 11, 1891. First Evangelical Con- 
gregational Society, Lunenburg, Mass., May 25, 1835, society 
dissolved. 



80 CHUECHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Lunenburg. Lunenburg Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1804. 



LYNN. 

Baptist — 
East. East Baptist Church, April 24, 1874. 

Essex Street. Essex Street Baptist Church, May 23, 1895. 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1816. First Baptist Society in Lynn y 

Mar. 17, 1815 ; inc. April 15, 1816, reincorporated Mar. 20, 
1833. 

Washington Street. Washington Street Baptist Church, May 22, 
1874; Second Baptist Church in Lynn, Oct. 8, 1858; High 
Street Baptist Church, April 21, 1854. Second Baptist Society 
in Lynn, July 26, 1854, society dissolved Sept. 28, 1875. 

Congregational — 
Central. Central Church, Dec. 11, 1850. Central Congregational 
Society, May 20, 1850.* 

Chestnut Street. Chestnut Street Congregational Church, May 21, 
1860; inc. May 21, 1860; First Congregational Methodist 
Church, Jan. 26, 1857 ; inc. Feb. 13, 1857. Chestnut Street 
Congregational Society, May 21, 1860 ; inc. May 21, 1860 ; 
First Congregational Methodist Society, Jan. 26, 1857 ; inc. 
Feb. 13, 1857. 

First. First Church of Christ, Lynn, Massachusetts, June 8, 1632. First 
Congregational Society, Lynn. 

North. North Congregational Church, May 6, 1869. North Congrega- 
tional Society, May 6, 1869. 

Swedish. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Bethesda Church, inc. Mar. 
18, 1891. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Boston Street. Boston Street Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 
1853; inc. June 11, 1853. 

Broadway. Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 13, 1892 ; inc. 
Mar. 22, 1895 ; Wyoma Methodist Episcopal Church, April 
11, 1886. 

Common Street. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1879 ; Lynn 

Common Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 20, 1791. First 
Methodist Society in Lynn, inc. Feb. 15, 1820 ; The Methodist 
Society in the First Parish of Lynn, inc. Feb. 26, 1794. 

Highlands. Highlands Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. -, 1890. 

Lakeside. Lakeside Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1893. 

Maple Street. Maple Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1851. 

Saint Luke's. Saint Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1887 ; 

inc. , 1888. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, June 29, 
1861 ; inc. June 29, 1861 ; Wood End Methodist Church. The 

Eastern Methodist Society in Lynn, , 1815 ; inc. Feb. 27, 

1813 ; Union Street Methodist Society, , 1811 ; Wood End 

Methodist Society. 

* " Name of the Society to be the Central Church." Society by-laws. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 81 

Methodist Episcopal— Con. 
South Street. South Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Trinity. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1885; inc. , 

1885 ; "Tower Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1873. 

Swedish. Mission Church of Lynn, inc. Sept. 8, 1890. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Incarnation. Church of the Incarnation, Sept. 22, 1885. Parish of the 
Incarnation, June 25, 1885 ; inc. Sept. 22, 1885. 

Saint Stephen's. Saint Stephen's Memorial Church, Nov. 2, 1881. 
Saint Stephen's Parish, , 1844. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, Dec. 7, 1823, church dissolved 
about 1870. Second Congregational Society in Lynn, April 
5, 1822 ; inc. June 15, 1822. Proprietors of the Second Con- 
gregational Church in Lynn, inc. June 14, 1823. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Lynn, May 12, 1839. First Uni- 
versalist Society of Lynn, Mar. 25, 1833 ; inc. Mar. 25, 1833. 

Second. Second Universalist Church, , 1840. Second Universalist 

Society, Mar. 9, 1836. 



LYNNFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Centre. Evangelical Congregational Church; Church at Lynn End. 
Orthodox Evangelical Society, Sept. 27, 1832. Trustees of the 
Lynnfield Society, inc. June 18, 1825. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Lynnfield, Jan. 8, 1854. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church of Lynnfield, July 25, 1836 ; Sec- 
ond Church in Lynn, Aug. 7, 1720. First Congregational 
Society, Lynnfield ; The Congregational Society. North Par- 
ish in Lynn, inc. Oct. 16, 1713. 



MALDEN. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Maiden, Dec. 27, 1803. First Baptist 
Society in Maiden, inc. Feb. 21, 1820. 

Maplewood. First Baptist Church of Maplewood, Aug. 2, 1871 ; inc. 
Feb. 11, 1876. 

Saint Luke's. Saint Luke's Baptist Church, — -, 1895. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church of Christ in Maiden, , 1648. Trinitarian Con- 
gregational Society, July 12, 1832 ; inc. , 1832 ; The Con- 
gregational Religious Society for the Support of Orthodox 
Preaching in Maiden. 

Linden. Linden Congregational Church, inc. Oct'. 27, 1894 ; Union 
Congregational Church of Linden, June 13, 1876. Union 
Congregational Society of Linden, May 6, 1876. 



82 CHUBGHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Maplewood. First Congregational Church in Maplewood, June 10, 
1874. First Congregational Society in Maplewood, Mar. 30, 

1874. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Belmont. Belmont Methodist Episcopal Church in Maiden, July 26, 
1888; inc. Aug. 8, 1888; Belmont Union Church, Mar. 13, 
1885. Belmont Christian Union Society, June 5, 1882 ; inc. 
June 5, 1882, society dissolved. Trustees of the Belmont 
Methodist Episcopal Church in Maiden, Aug. 8, 1888; inc. 
Aug. 8, 1888. 

Centre. Centre Methodist Episcopal Church of Maiden, , 1821. 

Faulkner. Faulkner Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 30, 1892.. 
Faulkner Evangelical Union, Feb. 12, 1886. 

Linden. Linden Methodist Episcopal Church, June -, 1890. 

Maplewood. Methodist Episcopal Church, Maplewood, — -, 1858. 
Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Maplewood, inc. 
— -, 1890. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Luke's. Saint Luke's Church, July 1, 1885 ; inc. Mar. 13, 1893. 
Saint Luke's Parish, July 1, 1885. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, April 22, 1867 ; Saint Paul's Church 
and Parish, inc. Mar. 31, 1870. 

Unitarian — 
First. Unitarian Church. First Congregational Unitarian Society, 
Dec. 21, 1875. 

Universalist — 
First. First Parish Church, June 7, 1828. First Parish in Maiden, inc. 

Dec. 5, 1894 ; First or North Parish, , 1739. Trustees 

of the Maiden Ministerial Fund, inc. June 20, 1807. 

Maplewood. Maplewood Universalist Church. 



MANCHESTER. 

Baptist — 
Manchester. Baptist Church, Feb. 28, 1850 ; Christian Baptist Church, 
April 10, 1843. Baptist Society of Manchester, June 24, 1867. 
Proprietors of the First Christian Meeting House in Man- 
chester, , 1844. 

Congregational — 
First. First Orthodox Congregational Church in Manchester, Massa- 
chusetts, Nov. 17, 1816 ; The Church in Manchester, Nov. 7, 
1716. First Parish, Mar. -, 1836. Proprietors of the First 
Orthodox Congregational Meeting- House, , 1809, proprie- 
tors dissolved in 1848. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Church of Manchester, Massachusetts, Aug. 1, 
1895 ; inc. Sept. 10, 1895. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 83 



MANSFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Mansfield. Baptist Church, , 1838. 



Congregational — 
Mansfield. Orthodox Congregational Church, May 9, 1838 ; inc. Oct. 
29, 1838. Orthodox Congregational Society, May 9, 1838; 
inc. Oct. 29, 1838. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Emmanuel. Emmanuel Methodist Episcopal Church, April 8, 1860; 
inc. Nov. -, 1864. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1840. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Mansfield, Oct. 2, 1888 ; First Con- 
gregational Church ; Church of Christ, , 1731. The First 

Universalist Parish of Mansfield, Oct. 2, 1888 ; inc. Nov. 6, 
1888 ; First Congregational Parish, Sept. -, 1731 ; A Sepa- 
rate (the South) Precinct of Norton, inc. June 23, 1731. 



MARBLEHEAD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Marblehead, Feb. 28, 1810; inc. Mar. 11, 
1895. First Baptist Society in MarbleheoA, inc. Jan. 24, 
1821, society dissolved May 9, 1895. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, 
Oct. 13, 1684. First Congregational Society in Marblehead, 
inc. Feb. 7, 1824. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Marblehead. Methodist Episcopal Church. Trustees of the Methodist 
ms Society in Marblehead, inc. Feb. 12, 1825. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Michael's. Saint Michael's Church. Saint Michael's Parish, 

, 1707 ; The Episcopal Parish in Marblehead, inc. June 

22,1799. 



Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, April 25, 1716. Proprietors 

of the Second Congregational Society in Marblehead, inc. 
15, 1851. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Marblehead. First Universalist 
Society of Marblehead, Mar. 3, 1836, reorganized Feb. 15, 
1882. 



84 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



MARION. 

Congregational — 
First. Congregational Church and Society in Marion, inc. April 3, 
1856; South Church in Rochester. First Congregational 
Society in Marion, inc. April 4, 1878. Fourth Congregational 
Precinct in Rochester inc. June 27,^ 1798 ; Congregational 
Precinct in Marion ; First Congregational Precinct in Marion. 
Proprietors of the Fund for Supporting Public Worship in the 
Fourth Congregational Precinct in the Town of Rochester, inc. 
Feb. 15, 1826. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Marion. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Saint Gabriel's. Saint Gabriel's Protestant Episcopal Church, , 

1875. 

Universalist — 
Marion. Universalist Church. 



MARLBOROUGH. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Marlborough, April 14, 1868. 

Congregational — 

First. The Union Congregational Church in Marlboro\ Mass., , 

1835 ; inc. Sept. 28, 1891 ; Church in the First Parish, Mar. 
5, 1808 ; First Church, Oct. 6, 1666. Union Society in Marl- 
borough, , 1835; inc. Mar. 6, 1835; First Evangelical 

Congregational Society, April 1, 1833. First Parish. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Marlborough. Marlborough Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 8, 
1821. Marlborough Methodist Episcopal Society, , 1853. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Holy Trinity. Church of the Holy Trinity, , 1887 ; inc. , 1887. 

Parish of the Holy Trinity, , 1887. 

Unitarian — 
Second Parish. Unitarian Church, Dec. 7, 1808. Second Parish in 
Marlborough, inc. Feb, 23, 1808 ; West Parish. Trustees 
of the Ministerial Fund in the Second Parish in Marlborough, 
inc. June 19, 1812. 

Universalist — 
Marlborough. Universalist Church, about 1825, reorganized about 

1862. 

MARSHFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Marshfield, June 11, 1788. The Baptist 
Religious Society in Marshfield, inc. June 25, 1 798. 

North. North Baptist Church, May -, 1833. North Baptist Society, 
May -, 1833. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 85 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church ; Church in Marshfield, , 1632. 

First Parish, April 23, 1739. Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund in the First Parish in Marshfield, inc. Feb. 20, 1822. 

Second. Second Trinitarian Congregational Church in Marshfield, 
inc. Sept. 19, 1891. Second Congregational Trinitarian 
Society, July 4, 1835. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Marshfield. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1813. 

Unitarian — 
Grace. Grace Chapel, Mar. 25, 1882 ; inc. Mar. 25, 1882. 

Second. Second Congregational Society, , 1713; inc. , 1738. 

Chapel of Ease. 

MASHPEE. 

Baptist — 
Mashpee. Baptist Church, Mar.* 4, 1838. Baptist Society, July 20, 
1840. 

MATTAPOISETT. 
Congregational — 

Mattapoisett. Congregational Church of Mattapoisett, , 1857 ; 

Second Congregational Church in Rochester, July 27, 1736 ; 
inc. June -, 1736. First Precinct in Mattapoisett, inc. Mar. 
5, 1860 ; Second Precinct in Rochester, June 9, 1736 ; inc. 
June 4, 1736. Proprietors of the Second Congregational 
Meeting House in Rochester, , 1842. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Parish of Mattapoisett, , 1884 ; Univer- 
salist Parish in Rochester, probably 1834. 



MAYNARD. 

Congregational — 
Union. Evangelical Union Church of Maynard, April 19, 1871 ; Assabet 
Evangelical Union Church, Sept. 23, 1852. Evangelical Union 
Society of Maynard, April 19, 1871 ; Assabet Evangelical 
Union Society, April 12, 1852 ; Assabet Evangelical Society, 
Mar. 31, 1851. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Maynard. Maynard Methodist Episcopal Church, June -, 1870 ; Assa- 
bet Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. -, 1867. 



MEDFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Medfield, Aug. 18, 1776. The First Bap- 
tist Society in Medfield, inc. June 19,1811, society dissolved. 

Congregational — 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Feb. 7, 1828; inc. , 1828. 

Second Congregational Society, , 1828 ; inc. 1828. 



86 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church in Medfield, Dec. -, 1651. First 
Congregational Parish in Medfield, , 1829 ; Congrega- 
tional Parish in Medfield, , 1817 ; First Parish in Med- 
field, Nov. 7, 1814. Trustees of the Medfield Ministerial 
Fund, inc. Feb. 3, 1816. 



MEDFORD. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, Medford, Massachusetts, , 1841; inc. 

June 27, 1893. First Baptist Society, , 1841. 

West. West Medford Baptist Church, inc. Feb. 28, 1896. 

Congregational — 
Mystic. Mystic Church, July 6, 1847c Mystic Parish, Aug. 2, 1847; 
inc. Aug. 2, 1847. 

Union, Union Congregational Church of Medford, Dec. 1, 1887 ; inc. 
Sept. 15, 1887. 

West. Congregational Church of West Medford, June 12, 1872. West 
Medford Congregational Society, June 27, 1872. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1828. First Methodist 

Episcopal Society in Medford, inc. Mar. 8, 1828. 

Trinity. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Wellington. Wellington Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, Feb. 15, 1848 Parish of Grace Church, Medford. 

Unitarian — 
First. Church of the First Parish in Medford, Feb. 11, 1713. The First 
Parish in Medford, inc Mar. 31, 1824. Trustees of the Con- 
gregational Ministerial Fund for the First Parish in the 
Town of Medford, inc. Mar. 10, 1827. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church, , 1834. First Universalist Society 

of Medford, Mar. 22, 1831. 

Hillside. The Hillside Universalist Parish of Medford, April 14, 1896 ; 
inc. May 6, 1896, 

Second. The Second Universalist Parish in Medford, inc. April 20, 
1891. 

MEDWAY. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church in West Medway, , 1832. 

Congregational — 
Village. Evangelical Congregational Church of Medway Village, Sept. 
7, 1838. The Evangelical Congregational Society in Med- 
way, May 25, 1838. 

Second. Second Church of Christ in Medway, Oct. 4, 1750. West 
Parish. West Precinct of Medway, inc. Dec. 29, 1748. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 87 

Congregational — Con. 
Third. The Third Congregational Church in Medway, May 18, 1886 ; 
inc. May 10, 1886. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
West. West Medway Methodist Episcopal Church, July 19, 1857 ; inc. 
July 19, 1857. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, , 1885. 



MELROSE. 

Baptist — 
Fells. Fells Baptist Church, Jan. 25, 1889. 

First. First Baptist Church, Jan. 1, 1856. 

Melrose Highlands. Melrose Highlands Baptist Church, April 12, 
1894; inc. Aug. 5,1895. - 

Congregational — 
Melrose. Melrose Orthodox Congregational Church, July 11, 1848. 
Melrose Orthodox Congregational Society, inc. June 28, 1848- 

Melrose Highlands. Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, Sept. 
29, 1875 ; inc. Aug. 5, 1892. Melrose Highlands Congrega- 
tional Society, June 2, 1876. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Melrose. Methodist Episcopal Church in Melrose, , 1850. North 

Maiden Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1815. 

Pratt Memorial. Pratt Memorial Church, April 24, 1893. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Parish, April 27, 1857 ; inc. May 20, 1857. 

Unitarian — 
Melrose. Unitarian Congregational Society of Melrose, Nov. 18, 1866 ; 
inc. July 17, 1867. 

Melrose Highlands. Liberal Christian Union Society, , 1894; 

inc. , 1894. 

Universalist — 
Melrose. Universalist Church, Feb. 10, 1849. Universalist Society. 



MENDON. 
Methodist Episcopal — 
Mendon. Methodist Episcopal Church, June 9, 1852. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Chinch in Mendon, , 1768 ; Church in Mendon, , 

1669. First Parish in Mendon, , 1786. The First Con- 
gregational Society in Mendon, inc. Mar. 16, 1 784, society 
dissolved June 28, 1792. 



88 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



MERRIMAC. 
Baptist — 
Merrimac. Baptist Church, Merrimac, — -, 1876 ; Baptist Church, 
West Amesbury, April 4, 1867. Baptist Society of Merrimac, 
, 1876 ; Baptist Society of West Amesbury, April 4, 1867. 

Merrimacport. The First Baptist Church of Merrimacport, Sept. 24, 
1876; inc May 11, 1891 ; South Amesbury Baptist Church, 
June 3, 1859 ; West Amesbury Baptist Church, Aug. 25, 
1849. First Baptist Society in Amesbury, April 14, 1806 ; 
inc. Feb. 25, 1811, society dissolved. 

Congregational — 
First. First Orthodox Congregational Church of Merrimac, Feb. 26, 
1894 ; inc. Mar. 7, 1894 ; Second Church of Christ in Ames- 
bury, May 19, 1726. First Orthodox Congregational Society 
of Merrimac, inc. Feb. 21, 1879, society dissolved. West 
Parish Congregational Society of Amesbury, society dissolved 
in 1894. West Precinct in Amesbury, inc. May 29, 1 725. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Merrimacport. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1877. Merrimac- 
port Methodist Episcopal Society, July -, 1888. 

Universalist - 
First. First Universalist Church of Merrimac, , 1876 ; First Uni- 
versalist Church of West Amesbury, Sept. 10, 1868. Univer- 
salist Society of Merrimac, , 1876 ; Universalist Society 

of West Amesbury, Oct. 14, 1837. Proprietors of the Meeting 
House. 

METHUEN. 
Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Methuen, Mar. 8, 1815. First Baptist So- 
ciety in Methuen, Mar. 1, 1815 ; inc. Feb. 18, 1824. 

Congregational — 
First. First Parish Church in Methuen, Oct 29. 1729. First Parish in 
Methuen, , 1729. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Methuen. Methodist Episcopal Church of Methuen, Sept. 11, 1838. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Thomas's. Saint Thomas's Church, Methuen, Massachusetts, Mar. 
15, 1878. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church, , 1840. First Universalist Parish 

of Methuen, May 28, 1877. First Universalist Society in 
Methuen, society dissolved. 



MIDDLEBOROUGH. 

Baptist — 
Central. Central Baptist Church, Aug. 13, 1828. Central Baptist So- 
ciety in Middleborough, April 26, 1828 ; inc. Mar. 4, 1828. 

First. The First Baptist Church of Middleborough, inc. April 17, 
1894 ; First Baptist Church, Jan. 16, 1756. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 89 

Baptist — Con. 
Third. Third Baptist Church, Aug. 2, 1761. Third Calvlnistic Baptist 
Society in the Town of Middleborough, Aug. -, 1761 ; inc. June 
18, 1825. 

Congregational — 
Central. The Central Congregational Church, inc. Aug. 26, 1893; 
Central Congregational Church of Middleborough, Mar. 25, 
1847 ; inc. Sept. 9, 1889. Central Congregational Society, 
Mar. 2, 1847, society dissolved Sept. 17, 1889. Central Con- 
gregational Meeting House Corporation, Dec. 25, 1848 ; inc. 
Dec. 16, 1863. The Central Congregational Church Corpora- 
tion, dissolved July 30, 1839 

First. First Church of Christ, Middleborough, Massachusetts, Dec. 26, 
1694. First Parish, Middleborough, April 13, 1868. First 
Precinct, Middleborough ; East Precinct. The Trustees of the 
Funds for the Support of a Congregational Teacher of Piety, 
Religion and Morality in the First Precinct in Middleborough, 
inc. June 15, 1803. 

North. North Congregational Church, Middleborough, — -, 1852 ; 
Titicut Precinct Congregational Church, Feb. 16, 1748. Titi- 
cut Parish, inc. Feb. 25, 1744. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Middleborough. Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1868; Re- 
formed Methodist Church, May 31, 1842. Reformed Methodist 
Society, Feb. 25, 1846 ; inc. Sept. 25, 1846. 

South. South Middleborough Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1867 ; 

First Methodist Reformed Church, , 1824. First Metho- 
dist Reformed Society, , 1830. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Our Saviour. The Church of Our Saviour in the Parish of Middle- 
borough, Massachusetts, , 1894 ; inc. Oct. 20, 1894. 

Unitarian — 
Unity. Unity Church. First Unitarian Society of Middleborough, Mar. 
-, 1889 : inc. Mar. -, 1889. 



MIDDLEFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Middlefield. Baptist Church of Middlefield, July 23, 1817. Baptist 
Society of Middlefield, July 23, 1817 ; inc. Mar. 8, 1882. 

Congregational — 
First. The Congregational Church of Middlefield, Mass., Aug 5, 1892 ; 
inc. Aug. 5,1892 ; First Congregational Church, Middlefield, 
Massachusetts, Nov. 18, 1783 ; inc. Nov. 18, 1783. First Con- 
gregational Society, Middlefield, Massachusetts, Nov. 18, 
1783 ; inc. Nov. 18, 1783. 



MIDDLETON. 
Congregational — 
Middleton. Congregational Church of Middleton, Mar. -, 1759 ; Church 
of Christ in Middleton, Oct. 22, 1729. Congregational Society, 
Feb. 6, 1832. 



90 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AM) 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Middleton. Middleton Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 22, 1879. 

Universalist — 
Middleton. Universalist Church. 



MILFORD. 

Baptist — 
Pine Street. The Pine Street Baptist Church, Milford, Mass., Oct. 13, 
1868 ; inc. May 19, 1890 ; Central Baptist Church, Feb. 15, 
1853. Milford Central Baptist Society, Oct. 28, 1853, society 
dissolved May 19, 1890. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Milford, April 11, 1780 ; Second 
Congregational Church in Mendon, April 15, 1741. First 
Congregational Society in Milford, Mar. 1, 1815. Second Con- 
gregational Parish in Mendon. East Precinct in Mendon, 
Jan. 18, 1742 ; inc. Dec. 23, 1741. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1844. First Methodist 

Episcopal Society, Mar. 16, 1840, society dissolved. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Church, May 17, 1863. Trinity Parish in the Town 
of Milford, April 23, 1864; inc. April 11, 1864. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church in Milford, Oct. 19, 1850. First Uni- 
versalist Society in Milford, Aug. -, 1785 ; inc. Dec. 6, 1824. 



MILLBURY. 

Baptist — 
Millbury. Millbury Baptist Church, Dec. 23, 1836 ; inc. Oct. 29, 1890. 
Millbury Baptist Society, society dissolved when the church 
was incorporated 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church, June 11, 1813 ; inc. Dec. 14, 
1888. First Congregational Society in Millbury. Second 
Parish in Sutton, Sept. 10, 1747, parish dissolved in 1889 ; 
North Parish in Sutton, inc. Oct. 28, 1 743. Trustees of the 
Parochial Funds of the Congregational Church and Parish in 
Millbury, inc. Mar. 1, 1828. 

Second. The Second Congregational Church of Millbury, May 27, 1834 ; 
inc. Jan. 22, 1891 ; First Presbyterian Church in Millbury, 
Aug. 23, 1827. Second Congregational Society in Millbury, 
inc. Mar. 27, 1835 ; First Presbyterian Society in the Town 
of Millbury, April 10, 1827 ; inc. Feb. 10, 1827. Proprietors 
of the First Presbyterian Meeting House, April 17, 1827. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Millbury. Methodist Episcopal Church of Millbury, — -, 1835. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society of Millbury, June 29, 1884 ; inc. Mar. 
19, 1885. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 91 



MILLIS. 

Congregational — 

Millis. Church of Christ in Millis, , 1885 ; Church of Christ in East 

Medway, Oct. 7, 1714. Parish of the Church of Christ in 
Millis, inc. May 6, 1886 ; First Parish in Medway, Feb. 3, 
1749. 

MILTON. 

Baptist — 

East Milton. East Milton Baptist Church, , 1890 ; inc. Jan. 23, 

1891. 

Congregational — 
First. First Evangelical Congregational Church of Milton, Mass., Jan. 
6, 1834; inc. June 6, 1890. First Evangelical Congrega- 
tional Society, Jan. 6, 1834; inc. Dec. 27, 1871, society dis- 
solved June 14, 1890. 

Second. Second Evangelical Congregational Church, Milton, Massa- 
chusetts, Nov. 9, 1843. Second Evangelical Congregational 
Society of Milton, June 18, 1846. Second Coyigregational 
Parish in Milton, inc. Feb. 24, 1829. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church in Milton, probably 1834 ; Church 
of Christ in Milton, April 24, 1678. First Unitarian Society, 
July 4, 1828, society dissolved soon after. First Congrega- 
tional Parish in Milton, April 13, 1818 ; inc. Feb. 19, 1818. 



MONROE. 

Baptist - 
First. First Baptist Church, Monroe, Massachusetts, Nov. 28, 1884. 



MONSON. 

Congregational — 
Monson. Congregational Church of Monson, June 23, 1762. First 
Parish of Monson, April 19, 1830. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Monson. Methodist Episcopal Church of Monson, Massachusetts, , 

1826 ; inc. Oct. 8, 1850. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Monson, May 4, 1884. First Uni- 
versalist Parish of Monson, Nov. 24, 1882. 



MONTAGUE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, inc. , 1872. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1754 ; Church in the Second 

Precinct in Sunderland, Nov. 22, 1752. North Parish in Sun- 
derland. Second Precinct in Sunderland, , 1751. 



92 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Millers Falls. First Congregational Church of Millers Falls, Jan. 
25, 1872 ; inc. April 11, 1888. First Congregational Society 
of Millers Falls, Nov. 22, 1870; inc. Aug. 3, 1887. 

Turners Falls. Turners Falls Congregational Church, , 1875. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society of Turners Falls, Mar. 10, 1881 ; inc. 
Mar. 18, 1881. Liberal Christian Society of Turners Falls, 
Feb. 17, 1873 ; inc. Mar. 12, 1873. 

Second. Second Congregational Church. Second Congregational So- 
ciety, Dec. 1, 1825. 



MONTEREY. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Monterey, — -, 1847 ; First 
Congregational Church of Tyringham, Sept. 25, 1750. First 
Co7igregalional Society in Monterey, inc. May 7, 1851 ; The 
First Congregational Society in the Town of Tyringham, inc. 
June 16, 1809. 



MONTGOMERY. 

No church of the denominations here presented. 

MOUNT WASHINGTON. 

Congregational — 
Mount Washington. Mount Washington Congregational Church, 
Dec. 11, 1874. Mount Washington Congregational Church 
Society, Dec. 11, 1874; Mount Washington Ecclesiastical 
Society. 

NAHANT. 

No church of the denominations here presented. 



NANTUCKET. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Nantucket, June 2, 1890 ; inc. Feb. 4. 
1891 ; Summer Street Baptist Church, June -, 1839. Bap- 
tist Society, society dissolved Aug., 1890. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church in Nantucket, Mass., , 1728; 

inc. Sept. 16, 1895. Proprietors of the First Congregational 
Meeting House in Nantucket, inc. Feb. 21 1811. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Centre Street. Centre Street Methodist Episcopal Church, July 25, 

1799 ; inc. , 1799. Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal 

Church in Nantucket, inc. Jan. 16,1823. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Parish of Nantucket, , 1846. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 93 

Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, April 27, 1810. The Proprie- 
tors of the Second Congregational Meeting House in Nan- 
tucket, inc. June 14, 1810. 



N A T I C K . 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Natick, Sept. 6, 1851 ; inc. April 7, 1875 ; 
The South Natick Baptist Church, Feb. 20, 1849 ; inc. Mar. 
19, 1849. South Natick Baptist Society, society dissolved 
April 7, 1875 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Feb. -, 1802. First Congregational 
Parish in Natick, inc. June 16, 1820. Trustees of the Natick 
Ministerial Fund, inc. June 22, 1812. 

South. The John Eliot Church of South Natick, Nov. 16, 1859 ; inc. 
Jan. 22, 1883. John Eliot Parish, Nov. 16, 1859, parish dis- 
solved Jan. 22, 1883. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Fisk Memorial. Fisk Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church of Natick, 
inc. Mar. 19, 1889 ; Second Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Natick, , 1792. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, Aug, 11, 1871 ; inc. Aug. 24, 1871. 
Saint Paul's Parish. 

Unitarian — 

Eliot. The Eliot Church, , 1844; South Congregational Church, 

Mar. 11, 1830. First Unitarian Parish in Natick, Feb. 19, 
1870; inc. May 9, 1870; South Parish in Natick, Feb. 11, 
1828; inc. Mar. 1, 1828. Proprietors of the Elliot Meeting 
House in Natick, inc. Feb. 29, 1844. 

Universalist— 
First. First Universalist Church, Natick, Mass., Mar. 12, 1882. First 
Universalist Parish of Natick, Mass., May 31, 1879 ; inc. May 
18, 1885. 

NEEDHAM. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church in Needham, May 26, 1856 ; inc. Jan. 
2, 1889. 



Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church of Needham, inc. May 5, 
1896 ; Evangelical Congregational Chiwch of Needham, May 
6, 1857. Evangelical Congregational Society of Needham, 
July 27, 1857. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Highlandville. Methodist Episcopal Church, Highlandville, Massa- 
chusetts, May 25, 1861 ; inc. May 25, 1861. 



94 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, Needham, Mass., Aug. 19, 1895 ; inc. Sept. 5, 
1895. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Needham, ,1799; Church of Christ in Need- 
ham, Mar. 18, 1720. First Parish in Needham, Nov. 9, 1778 ; 
inc. , 1778 ; East Parish in Needham. 



NEW ASHFORD 
Methodist Episcopal — 
Union. Union Church, about 1828. 



NEW BEDFORD. 

Baptist — 
First, First Baptist Church of New Bedford, June 30, 1813. The First 
Baptist Church and Society in Neiv Bedford, inc. Mar. 14, 
1805. First Baptist Society in Neiv Bedford, Mar. 6, 1828 ; 
inc. Mar. 8, 1828. 

North. North Baptist Church of New Bedford, Oct. 17, 1873. North 
Baptist Society, Oct. 22, 1872. 

Union. The Union Baptist Church, inc. May 16, 1895, formed by the 
Union of the Second and Salem Street Churches. 

Congregational — 
Acushnet. First Congregational Church in New Bedford; Acushnet 

Congregational Church ; Church of Christ in Dartmouth, , 

1696. "A distinct Parish;' inc. Oct. 23, 1747; Second 
Parish in Dartmouth. Society of the First Church in New 
Bedford ; First Congregational Society in New Bedford, April 
6, 1836 ; The Congregational Society at the Head of the River. 
Proprietors of the Purchase Street Meeting House, , 1829. 

New Bedford. The Trinitarian Church of New Bedford, Nov. 15, 
1831 ; Trinitarian Church in New Bedford, April 5, 1832 ; 
inc. Feb. 2, 1832. 

North. The Congregational Church of New Bedford ; North Congrega- 
tional Church in New Bedford, inc. Jan. 27, 1827 ; Third 
Church in New Bedford, Oct. 15, 1807 ; Third Church of the 
Third Precinct of New Bedford, Sept. 5, 1811. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Allen Street. Allen Street Methodist Episcopal Society in New Bed- 
ford, Jan. 4, 1858 ; Fourth Methodist Episcopal Society in 
New Bedford, Dec. 22, 1851. Trustees of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church on Allen Street in New Bedford, Feb. 3, 1852. 

County Street. County Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1859 ; 

First Methodist Episcopml Church in New Bedford, inc. Feb. 
19, 1827 ; Elm Street Church, , 1817. 

First. First Portuguese Methodist Episcopal Cliurch of New Bedford, 
Mass., inc. July 26, 1893. 

Fourth Street. Fourth Street Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 
1833. Second Methodist Episcopal Society in Neiv Bedford, 
inc. Mar. 5, 1835, 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 1)5 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
Pleasant Street. Pleasant Street Methodist Episcopal Churchy Sept. 
•-, 1843. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, Nov. 12, 1833 ; Christ's Church, Oct. 2, 1833. 
Warden, Vestry and Proprietors of Grace Church in New Bed- 
ford, inc. Mar. 19, IS 34. 

Saint James's. Saint James's Episcopal Church, Mar. 28, 1878. 

Saint Martin's. Saint Martin's Church, April 22, 1891. Olivet Mis- 
sion, Oct. 22, 1887. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Society in New Bedford, inc. Feb. 16, 
1824. Bedford Precinct, inc. Feb. 29, 1808. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, Nov. 2, 1855. First Universalist 
Society of New Bedford, inc. Dec. 15, 1851. 



NEW BRAINTREE. 
Congregational — 
New Braintree. New Braintree Congregational Church, April 18, 
1754- New Braintree Congregational Parish, Mar. 20, 1843. 



NEWBURY. 

Congregational — 
Byfield. Byfield Congregational Church, Feb. 24, 1704. Byfield Pre- 
cinct, Feb. 24, 1704; inc. Oct. 28,1710. Rowlberry Parish; 
Newbury Falls Parish. Proprietors of Byfield Meeting 
House, inc. Mar. 25,1834; The Proprietors of the Minis- 
terial Fund in the Parish of Byfield, inc. Feb. 29, 1812. 

First. First Church in Newbury, , 1635. First Parish in Newbury, 

inc. Dec, 18, 1725. First Precinct in Newbury, inc. Nov. 2, 
1711. Proprietors of the Meeting House, , 1868. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Byfield. Methodist Episcopal Church, Byfield, Mar. 8, 1864 ; inc. Mar. 
18, 1864 ; Mills Village Methodist Episcopal Church of New- 
bury, inc. July 23, 1855. First Methodist Episcopal Society 
in West Newbury and Newbury, inc. Feb. 15, 1832. Trustees 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Newbury and Newbury- 
port, inc. Mar, 5, 1827. 



NEWBURYPORT. 
Baptist — 
Newburyport. The Baptist Church of Newburyport, Jan. 25, 1869; 
inc. April 9, 1890. Baptist Society of Newburyport, Feb. 
22, 1869 ; inc. Mar. 2, 1869, 



96 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 

Belleville. Belleville Congregational Church of Newburyport, , 

1852 ; Second Church in Newbury, , 1819 ; Fourth Church 

in Newbury, April -, 1808. Belleville Congregational Society 
in Newburyport, , 1852 ; inc. May 4, 1853 ; Fourth Re- 
ligious Society in Newbury, , 1808. Second Parish in 

Newbury ; Westerly Part of First Parish, inc. Dec. 18,1725. 
Proprietors of the New Meeting House in High Street in the 
Fourth Parish of Newbury, inc. Mar. 4, 1808. 

North. North Congregational Chtwch, Mar. 4, 1768. Third Religious 
Society, Mar. 4, 1768 ; inc. Feb. 22, 1 794 ; North Congrega- 
tional Society in Newbury-Port. 

Prospect Street. Fourth Congregational Church, — -, 1793; inc. 

, 1793. Fourth Religious Society in Newburyport, Mar. 

10, 1794; inc. Feb. 22, 1794. Proprietors of the Meeting 
House occupied by the Fourth Religious Society. 

Whitfield. Whitfield Church, Jan. 1, 1850. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

People's. People's Church, , 1888 ; inc. , 1888 ; Purchase Street 

Church, — -, 1825 ; inc. , 1825. Trustees of the Methodist 

Episcopal Church in Newburyport, inc. Mar. 5, 1827, and 
April 1,1834. 

Washington Street. Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
Nov. 2, 1865 ; Liberty Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
June 20, 1827. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Episcopal Church in Newburyport, inc. Feb. 22, 1794; 

Saint Paul's Church, , 1738. Queen Ann's Chapel, , 

1711. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Newburyport, Jan. 12, 1726. Third Church in 
Newbury, Nov. 17, 1706. First Religious Society in New- 
buryport, inc. Feb. 22, 1794. Proprietors of the Meeting 
House in the First Parish of Newburyport. (Mentioned in 
1789.) 

NEW MARLBOROUGH. 

Baptist - 

New Marlborough. New Marlborough Baptist Church, , 1847. 

New Marlborough Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, New Marlborough, Oct. 31, 1744. 
First Congregational Society in New Marlborough, — -, 
1744. North Parish in New Marlborough, April 28, 1794, 
parish dissolved. 

Mill River. Mill River Congregational Church, Feb 2, 1871. Mill 
River Congregational Society, Jan. 16, 1871. 

Southfield. Southfield Congregational Church ; South Parish Church 
of New Marlborough, April 25, 1794 ; Second Congregational 
Church of New Marlborough. South Parish in New Marl- 
borough, April 28, 1794 ; inc. Feb. 25, 1 794. Trustees of the 
.funds subscribed for the support of the Gospel Ministry in the 
South Parish of New Marlborough, inc. Mar. 9,1797. 



EELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 97 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hartsville. Hartsville Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1849. 



NEW SALEM. 
Congregational — 
New Salem. Congregational Church, Aug. 15, 1845; South Evan- 
gelical Church. 

Unitarian — 
New Salem. Church of Christ in New Salem, Dec. 15, 1742. Congre- 
gational Society in the Town of New Salem, inc. Mar. 18, 
1788; The Congregational Society in the Town of New 
Salem, inc. May 3, 1782, society dissolved Mar. 18, 1788. 
Trustees of the Fund of the Congregational Society in New 
Salem, inc. June 18, 1819. 



NEWTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of West Newton, June 5, 1866 ; inc. Sept. 
12, 1891 ; First Baptist Church of Newtonville, Dec. 12, 
1853. Proprietors of the Meeting House. 

Immanuel. Newton Baptist Church and Society, Mar. 12, 1881; inc. 
Mar. 12, 1881 ; Newton Corner Baptist Church, June 21, 
1860; inc. July 12, 1860. Newton Corner Baptist Society, 
May 12, 1859. 

Myrtle. Myrtle Baptist Church, West Newton, Massachusetts, , 

1874 ; inc. , 1874. 

Newton Centre. Baptist Church at Newton Centre, Feb. 2, 1865 ; 
First Baptist Church in Newton, Feb. 8, 1835 ; inc. Feb. 25, 
1893 ; Baptist Church in Newton, July 5, 1780. The First 
Baptist Society in Newton, Feb. 12, 1821 ; inc. Feb. 12, 1821 ; 
Baptist Society in Newton, Jan. 17, 1781. 

Second. Second Baptist Church of Newton, Feb. 4, 1835. Newton 
Upper Falls Parish, Sept. 24, 1834. Proprietors of the Bap- 
tist Meeting House at the Upper Falls in Newton, inc. April 
9, 1836. 

Congregational — 
Auburndale. Congregational Church of Auburndale, Nov. 4, 1850. 
The Congregational Society of Auburndale, — -, 1873 ; 
Auburndale Congregational Society, , 1857 ; Congrega- 
tional Society of Auburndale, Oct. 17, 1850. 

Centre. The First Church in Newton, Massachusetts, inc. June 15, 
1895 ; First Church, Newton, July 20, 1664. First Parish in 
Newton, July 20, 1664, parish dissolved. Proprietors of the 
Meeting House in the First Parish in Newton, about May 25, 
1860. 

Eliot. Eliot Church, July 7, 1845. Elliot Religious Society in Newton, 
July 31, 1845 ; inc. Mar. 20, 1845 ; Angier's Corner Religious 
Society, Sept. 7, 1844. 

Newton Highlands. The Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 
Dec. 11, 1890; inc. Dec. 19, 1890; Newton Highlands Con- 
gregational Church, June 13, 1872. The Newton Highlands 
Congregational Society, Jan. 30, 1872. 



98 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Newtonville. Central Congregational Church in Newtonville, Sept. 
8, 1868. Central Congregational Society. 

North. North Evangelical Church, July 11, 1866. North Evangelical 
Society, Oct. 16, 1874 ; inc. Oct. 29, 1874. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Newton, Oct. 21, 1781. The 
Second Congregational Society of Newton, April 7, 1869 ; inc. 
Mar. 5, 1869. West Precinct, Nov. 10, 1778; inc. Oct. 7, 
1778. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Auburndale. Auburndale Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Centre. Newton Centre Methodist Episcopal Church, April 29, 1879, 
inc. April 29, 1879. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Newton, Nov. 11, 1832. 
First Methodist Episcopal Society, , 1826. 

Highlands. Newton Highlands Methodist Episcopal Church, June 29, 
1890; inc. Oct. 2, 1891. 

Lower Falls. Methodist Episcopal Society, Newton Lower Falls, 

, 1867. 

Newtonville. Newtonville Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1870. 

Upper Falls. Newton Methodist Episcopal Church, inc. April 11, 
1896; Newton Corner Methodist Episcopal Church, April 
21, 1864. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Grace. Grace Church, Newton, Massachusetts, , 1854; inc. , 

1855. Parish of Grace Church, Newton, Massachusetts. 

Messiah. Church of the Messiah of West Newton and Auburndale, 
April -, 1877 ; Church of the Messiah of West Newton, Sept. -, 
1871. 

Redeemer. Church of the Redeemer, Sept. 23, 1890. Parish of the 
Church of the Redeemer at Chestnut Hill, Newton, Sept. 23, 
1890. Saint Andrew's Association of Chestnut Hill, Newton, 
Massachusetts, Feb. 10, 1886. 

Saint Mary's. The Episcopal Society of Saint Mary's Church in New- 
ton, April 7, 1812 ; inc. June 16, 1813. 

Saint Paul's. Parish of Saint PauVs of Newton Highlands, inc. April 
23, 1884. Saint PauVs Association, Jan. 26, 1883; inc. 
April 12, 1883. 

Trinity. Trinity Parish of Newton Centre, July 19, 1892 ; inc. Aug. 23, 
1892. 

Unitarian — 
Channing. Channing Church, Feb. 5, 1853. Channing Religious So- 
ciety, April 2, 1866 ; Channing Society or Channing Church 
Society, April 1, 1856. 

First. First Unitarian Society in Newton, Oct. 31, 1848. 

Newton Centre. The Newton Centre Unitarian Society, April 21, 
1878 ; inc. July 7, 1892. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 99 

Universalist — 
Newton ville. Newton Universalist Church. Newton Universalist 
Society, April 1, 1871 ; inc. April 1, 1871. 



NORFOLK. 

Baptist — 
Norfolk. Norfolk Baptist Church, April 18, 1842 ; inc. April 18, 1842. 

Congregational — 

Union. Union Congregational Church of Norfolk, , 1839 ; inc. June 

24, 1889 ; North Church in Wrentham, June 16, 1798. North 
Parish Congregational Funding Society in Wrentham, inc. 
June 14, 1823 ; North Society in Wrentham, Sept. 16, 1795. 
Cleveland Religious Society. The North Parish in Wren- 
tham, inc. Feb. 26, 1799. 



NORTH ADAMS. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of North Adams, , 1878. First Baptist 

Church of Adams, Oct. 30, 1808. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of North Adams, April 19, 1827. 
First Congregational Society of North Adams, April 19, 1827. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1823. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Parish of Saint John's Church, North Adams, Massa- 
chusetts, Dec. 11, 1855. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of North Adams, Dec. 15, 1861. First 
Universalist Society in North Adams, April 9, 1842. 



NORTHAMPTON. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1826. First Baptist Society, society 

dissolved. 

Congregational — 
Edwards. Edwards Church, Jan. 30, 1833. Edwards Church Society 
in Northampton, July 31, 1832 ; inc. Mar. 26, 1833. 

First. First Church of Christ in Northampton, June 18, 1661. First 
Parish in Northampton, April 3, 1826. 

Florence. Florence Church Society, Oct. 20, 1860. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Florence. Methodist Episcopal Church of Florence, Jan. 29, 1871 : 
inc. April 2, 1872. 

Northampton. Northampton Methodist Episcopal Church. 



100 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Minister, Wardens, Vestry* and Proprietors of Saint 
Johrts Church in Northampton, — -, 1826; inc. Feb. 24, 
1829. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Church in Northampton, July 28, 1825. 
Second Congregational Society in Northampton, Feb. 22, 1825 ; 
inc. Feb. 28, 1826. 



NORTH ANDOVER. 

Congregational — 
North Andover. Trinitarian Congregational Church, Dec. 18, 1884 ; 
Evangelical Congregational Church in the North Parish of 
Andover, Sept. 3, 1834. Trinitarian Congregational Society 
in the North Parish of Andover, June 27, 1834; inc. June 27, 
1834. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First First Methodist Episcopal Church, Aug. -, 1845. First Metho- 
dist Society of North Andover. Corporation of Trustees of 
the First Methodist Episcopal Church in North Andover, inc. 
April 9, 1868. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, North Andover. Saint Paul's 
Parish, North Andover, , 1889. 

Unitarian — 

North Andover. Church of the North Parish of North Andover, , 

1856 ; Church of the North Parish of Andover, , 1834 ; 

First Church of Andover, Oct. 24, 1645 ; North Parish Church 
and Society of North Andover, — -, 1856 ; North Parish 

Church and Society of Andover, , 1834 ; inc. , 1834. 

North Precinct in Andover, inc. Nov. 2, 1 708. 



NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH. 

Baptist — 
North Attleborough. Baptist Church in North Attleborough, Jan. -, 
1888 ; Baptist Church in Attleborough, , 1769 ; The Bap- 
tist Church of Christ in Attleborough, , 1746. Baptist 

Society in North Attleborough, Jan. - , 1887 ; Baptist Society 
in Attleborough, Feb. 11, 1854. 

Congregational — 
Attleborough Falls. Central Church, Attleborough Falls, Mar. 31, 
1874. The Falls Central Society, June 2, 1874 ; inc. June 2, 
1874. 

First. First Congregational Church in Attleborough, Nov. 12, 1712. 
First Congregational Society ; The Congregational Society of 
the First Precinct in Attleborough, May 19, 1794; inc. June 
23, 1 795. First Precinct or West Parish in Attleborough, 
April 7, 1743. 

Trinity. Trinity Congregational Church of North Attleboro\ Mar. 1, 
1892 ; inc. June 9, 1892. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 101 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Parish of Grace Church, Mar. 30, 1859. 



Universalist — 
First. North Attleborough Universalist Church. First Universalist 
Society in Attleborough, inc. Feb. 20, 1818. 



NORTHBOROUGH. 

Baptist — 
Northborough. Northborough Baptist Church, July 2, 1827. 



Congregational — 
Northborough. Evangelical Congregational Church, April 12, 1832. 
Evangelical Congregational Society of Northborough, Feb. 
13, 1832. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Church, — -, 1832; The Church in North- 
borough, May 21, 1746. First Unitarian Society, , 1832. 



NORTHBRIDGE. 

Congregational — 
Centre. Congregational Church of Northbridge, June 6, 1782. The 

Congregational Society in Northbridge, , 1773 ; inc. June 

14, 1814. 

Rockdale. Rockdale Congregational Church of Northbridge, Dec. 31, 
1879. Rockdale Congregational Society, Jan. 13, 1887. 

Village. Village Congregational Church, Whitinsville, July 31, 1834. 
Village Congregational Society, , 1834. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Whitinsville. Methodist Episcopal Church, Whitinsville, Massachu- 
setts, June 23, 1850. Northbridge Circuit, July 23, 1828. 



NORTH BROOKFIELD. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, North Brookfield, Massachusetts, 
about 1850; Second Church of Christ in Brookfield, Massa- 
chusetts, May 28, 1752. First Congregational Society in North 
Brookfield, Jan. -, 1839 ; inc. Jan. 28, 1839. Second Precinct 
of Brookfield, inc. Mar. -, 1750 ; Second or North Parish of 
Brookfield. 

Union. Union Congregational Church, June 6, 1854. Union Congrega- 
tional Society, Oct. 29, 1853. Proprietors of the Union Con- 
gregational Meeting House, Oct 1, 1853. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
North Brookfield. Methodist Episcopal Church, Brookfield, Massa- 
chusetts, Jan. 30, 1833. 



102 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



NORTHFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Northfield. Trinitarian Congregational Church, Nov. 30, 1825. Trin- 
itarian Society in Northfield, Nov. 30, 1825 ; inc. Feb. 28, 
1829. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, Mar. 18, 1718. First Parish in 
Northfield, Mar. 18, 1718. 



NORTH READING. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of North Reading, April 16, 1817. First 
Baptist Society of Reading. 

Congregational — 
North Reading. Congregational Church; First or North Church of 
Reading, June 19, 1720. Precinct on North Side of Ipswich 
River and Sadlor^s Rock, inc. Oct. 20, 1713. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Reading. North Reading Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 
15, 1896. 



Universalist — 
North Reading. Universalist Church, , 1836. Universalist Parish. 



NORTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Norton, Oct. 13, 1835. 

Congregational — 
Norton. Trinitarian Congregational Church of Norton, Massachusetts, 
April 3, 1832. Trinitarian Congregational Society, Aug. 14, 
1850. 



Unitarian — 
Norton. Congregational Church, Oct. 28, 1714. The Congregational 
Parish in Norton, inc. Mar. 4, 1 783 ; Congregational Parish, 
— -, 1714. North Precinct in Taunton, inc. Sept. 16, 1709. 
Trustees of the Congregational Parish in Norton, inc. Mar. 4, 
1783. 

NORWELL. 
Methodist Episcopal — 
Norwell. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Unitarian — 

First. South Church in Scituate, , 1642. First Parish in South 

Scituate, inc. April 24, 1854 ; South Parish in Scituate, 

, 1642. Trustees of a Fund in the South Parish in Scituate, 

inc. Feb. 26,1679. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 103 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society of Norwell, inc. May 8, 1890 ; First 
Universalist Society of South Scituate, inc. Mar. 29, 1853 ; 
First Universalist Society in Scituate. Proprietors of the 
First Universalist Meeting House in South Scituate, inc. Mar. 
29, 1853 ; Proprietors of the Westerly Meeting House in 
Scituate, inc. Feb. 28, 1828. 



NORWOOD. 

Baptist — 
First. Norwood First Baptist Church ; South Dedham First Baptist 
Church, Nov. 3, 1858. Norwood First Baptist Society, July 
31, 1877 ; inc. July 31, 1877 ; South Dedham First Baptist 
Society, Mar. 3, 1859 ; inc. Mar. 3, 1859. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church in Norwood, inc. May 15, 1884 ; 
South Church in Dedham, June 23, 1736 ; inc. June 5, 1824. 
First Congregational Parish in Norwood, inc. Feb 9, 1882 ; 
Second or South Precinct or Parish of Dedham, inc. Oct. 8, 
1 730. Proprietors of the Congregational Meeting House in 
the Second or South Parish in Dedham, inc. June 12, 1829, 
Proprietors dissolved Feb. 9, 1882. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Norwood. Norwood Methodist Episcopal Church, June 22, 1887 ; inc. 
June 22, 1887. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Norwood, Massachusetts, June 30, 
1876 ; First Universalist Church in Dedham, Massachusetts, 
June 22, 1856. First Universalist Society in Norwood, Mar. 
17, 1875; inc. Mar. 31, 1875 ; First Universalist Society in 
Dedham, inc. Oct. 22, 1827. 



OAKHAM. 

Congregational — 
Oakham. Evangelical Congregational Church of Oakham, June 23, 
1773 ; inc. Nov. 29, 1887. Evangelical Congregational So- 
ciety, May 5, 1828. Rutland West Wing Precinct, inc. Jan. 
23,1759. 

ORANGE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Chiwch, June 15, 1870. First Baptist Society, 
April 4, 1873. 

Congregational — 
Central. Central Evangelical Congregational Church, Oct. 19, 1851 ; 
Village Congregational Church of South Orange, Aug. 7, 

1846. Central Evangelical Congregational Society, , 1852. 

Proprietors of the Central Evangelical Congregational Meeting 
House in Orange, April 21, 1852. 

North Orange. Orthodox Congregational Church, North Orange, 
Massachusetts, Aug. 16, 1843. 

Swedish. Swedish Evangelical Mission Church of Orange, Massachu- 
setts, inc. April 15, 1891. 



104 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Orange. Orange Station Methodist Episcopal Church, Aug. 8, 1795. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Orange, , 1858. First Univer- 
salist Society, Nov. 8, 1851. 

North Orange. North Orange Universalist Church, , 1844. Sec- 
ond Universalist Society of Orange, inc. May 1, 1868 ; First 
Congregational Parish and Society of Orange. 



ORLEANS. 
Congregational — 

Orleans. Congregational Church, Orleans, , 1797 ; South Church 

in Eastham, , 1719 ; First Church in Eastham, , 1646. 

Congregational Parish in Orleans, , 1797 ; South Congre- 
gational Parish in Eastham, , 1719. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1837. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Orleans, April 22, 1833 ; inc. Mar. 
13, 1834. Universalist Society, Mar. 18, 1833. 



OTIS. 
Congregational — 
Otis. Congregational Church, June 5, 1810. United Congregational 

Society in Bethlehem and Loudon, , 1806 ; inc. Feb. 8, 

1807. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, Jan. 1, 1828. 



OXFORD. 

Baptist — 
North Oxford. North Oxford Baptist Church, May 1, 1837. North 
Oxford Baptist Society, April 5, 1837 ; inc. April 5, 1837. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Oxford, Jan. 18, 1721 ; inc. Aug. 
23, 1887. Proprietors of the First Congregational Meeting 
House in Oxford, inc. Mar. 12, 1830. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Oxford. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1836. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, , 1863 ; inc. , 1863. 

Universalist — 
Second. Second Christian Church, Feb. 2, 1833, church dissolved; 
Second Church in Oxford, Dec. 24, 1828. Universalist Society 
of Oxford, April 10, 1856 ; Second Religious Society in Ox- 
ford, April 27, 1785. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 105 



PALMER. 

Baptist — 
Second. Second Baptist Church in Palmer, inc. Mar. 15,1887 ; Palmer 
Baptist Church, Aug. 9, 1852. Second Baptist Society of 
Palmer, May 29, 1858. 

Three Rivers. The First Baptist Church of Three Rivers, Dec. 16, 
1890; inc. Dec. 16, 1890; Three Rivers Baptist Church, 
Aug. 18, 1833; Belchertown and Palmer Baptist Church, 
Nov. 16, 1825. 



Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church of Palmer, Mass., April 1, 1847 ; 
inc. May 29, 1894. Second Orthodox Congregational So- 
ciety of Palmer, April 30, 1847. 

Thorndike. First Congregational Church, Palmer, , 1811 ; First 

Presbyterian Church, , 1730 ; inc. , 1733. First Con- 
gregational Society, Palmer, ,1811. 

Three Rivers. Three Rivers Congregational Church, , 1876. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Bondsville. Bondsville Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1866. 

Palmer. Palmer Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1855. 

Universalist — 
Saint Paul's. Saint PauVs Church of Palmer, Mass., May 28, 1876 ; 
inc. Mar. 23, 1896. Saint Paul's Parish, May 27, 1876. 



PAXTON. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church of Paxton, Sept. 3, 1767 ; inc. 
April 9, 1894. First Parish in Paxton, June 14, 1830 ; inc. 
June 14, 1830. 

PEABODY. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Peabody, , 1868 ; South Danvers Bap- 
tist Church, Feb. 22, 1843. First Baptist Society, Aug. 8, 
1844 ; inc. Sept. 12, 1844. 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, , 1874. 

South. South Church in Peabody ; South or Second Parish Church in 
Danvers; Second Church in Danvers, — -, 1752; Third 
Church in Salem, Sept. 23, 1713 ; Old South Church. South 

Society of Peabody. South Parish in Danvers, , 1752, 

parish dissolved by statute Sept. 28, 1793. Middle Precinct 
in Salem, inc. Nov. 10, 1710. Proprietors of the South Meeting 
House in the South Precinct in Danvers. 

West. West Congregational Church of Peabody, Dec. 6, 1885 ; West 
Peabody Branch of the Second Congregational Church, Sept. 
6, 1883. West Congregational Society, Oct. 12, 1885. 



106, CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Washington Street. Washington Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Parish, Mar. 28, 1890. 



Unitarian — 

First. First Unitarian Church in Peabody, , 1825 ; inc. April 5, 

1872 ; First Unitarian Church in South Banners, inc. April 
8, 1862 ; First Unitarian Church in Banners, Jan. 1, 1825 ; 
inc. June 18, 1825. First Unitarian Society in Danvers, 
— -, 1825. 



Universalist — 
First. The First Universalist Parish in Peabody, inc. June 4, 1896. 
The First Universalist Society of South Danvers ; The Uni- 
versalist Society of South Danvers ; The Second Universalist 
Society of Danvers, Mar. 26, 1832. 



PELHAM. 

Congregational — 
Pelham. Pelham Congregational Church, reorganized Oct. 25, 1837 ; 
Church in Pelham, , 1737. (Presbyterian.) Congrega- 
tional Society in Pelham, April 8, 1862. 

Packardville. Union Congregational Church at Packardville, Jan. 5, 

1869; inc. , 1869; Union Church, July 24, 1859. Union 

Congregational Society, Dec. 4, 1868 ; inc. , 1869 ; Union 

Society, , 1859. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
West Pelham. West Pelham Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1831. 



PEMBROKE. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Pembroke. Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1825 ; inc. , 1825. 

Unitarian — 
First. The First Church of Pembroke, Oct. 22, 1712. The First Parish 
or Precinct of Pembroke, Oct. 22, 1712. Trustees of the Min- 
isterial Fund in the First Parish in Pembroke, inc. Bee. 5, 
1816. 

PEPPERELL. 

Congregational — 
Pepperell. Church of Christ in Pepperell. Evangelical Congrega- 
tional Society of Pepperell, Nov. 8, 1831. Second Parish in 
Pepperell, inc. Nov. 13,1831; West 1 Parish or Second Pre- 
cinct in Groton, inc. Nov. 20, 1742. 



Methodist Episcopal — ' 
Pepperell. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1867 ; inc. , 1867. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 107 



Unitarian — 
First. Church of the First Parish, Pepperell ; The Church in Pepperell, 
Jan. 29, 1747. First Parish in Pepperell, inc. Nov. 13, 1831. 



PERU. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Peru, , 1806. First Congrega- 
tional Church, Partridgefield, , 1771. First Congrega- 
tional Society, , 1806. East Parish of Partridgefield, Nov. 

14, 1803. 

PETERSHAM. 

Baptist — 
Petersham. Petersham Baptist Church, May 30, 1849. Baptist Re- 
ligious Society, Mar. 7, 1850. 

Congregational — 
Petersham. Orthodox Congregational Church, June 25, 1823. Ortho- 
dox Congregational Society in Petersham, Mar. 25, 1823 ; inc. 
Mar. 18, 1834. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Parish, Dec. -, 1738. 



PHILLIPSTON. 

Congregational — 

Phillipston. Phillipston Congregational Church, , 1814; Gerry 

Congregational Church, — ,1786; Templeton West Parish 
Church, Nov. 16, 1785. Congregational Parish in Phillipston, 
, 1814 ; Congregational Parish in Gerry, , 1786 ; Tem- 
pleton West Parish, , 1785. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Phillipston. Phillipston Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1829. 



PITTSFIELD. 

Baptist— 
First. First Baptist Church, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, inc. Dec. 27, 1849 ; 

Pittsfield Baptist Church, , 1772, reorganized Oct. 27, 1800. 

The Baptist Religious Society in Pittsfield, inc. Feb. 10,1 795. 

Morningside. The Momingside Baptist Church, inc. Aug. 12, 1896. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Oct. 9, 1810 ; 
(Called United Congregational Church in Pittsfield in the 
records Sept. 1, 1877) ; Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Feb. 7, 
1764. First Congregational Parish in Pittsfield, Feb. 10, 
1795. Trustees of the Congregational Ministerial Fund in 
Pittsfield, inc. June 15, 1822. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Feb. 20, 1846 ; inc. , 1846 ; 

Colored Congregational Church of Pittsfield. 

South. South Congregational Church, Nov. 4, 1850. South Congrega- 
tional Parish, May 8, 1848 ; inc. May 5, 1848. 



108 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Pittsfield. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1784. Society of the 

Methodist Episcopal Church of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Jan. 
-, 1851 ; inc. , 1851 ; Methodist Episcopal Society in Pitts- 
field, , 1791 ; inc. June 15, 1831 ; The Methodist Relig- 
ious Society in Pittsfield, Hancock, Dalton and Washington, 
inc. Mar. 1, 1804. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Stephen's. Saint Stephen's Church, , 1832. Wardens, Ves- 
try, and Proprietors of St. Stephen's Church in Pittsfield, inc. 
Feb. 25, 1832. 



Unitarian — 
Unity. Unity Church, April 14, 1887 ; inc. April 14, 1887. 



PLAINFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Plainfield. Congregational Church of Plainfield, Aug. 31, 1786. First 
Parish and Religious Society in Plainfield, April 2, 1838. 



PLYMOUTH. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Plymouth Mass., , 1809 ; inc. Jan. 

28, 1889. First Baptist Society, society dissolved. 

Congregational — 
Chiltonville. Chiltonville Congregational Church, May 20, 1894 ; inc. 
Mar. 26, 1894* 

Manomet. Second Congregational Church, Nov. 8, 1738. The Second 
Precinct in Plymouth, inc. Feb. 24, 1810. 

Pilgrimage. The Church of the Pilgrimage in Plymouth, Mass., May 5, 
1870; inc. Jan. 20, 1890; Third Church of Christ in Plym- 
outh, Oct. 1, 1801. Society of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, Mar. -, 1852; The Third Congregational So- 
ciety in Plymouth, Mar. 30, 1802 ; inc. Mar. 1, 1802. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Memorial. Methodist Episcopal Church of Plymouth, Dec. 4, 1842 ; inc. 
Dec. 4, 1842. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, Nov. 15, 1844. 



Unitarian — 
First. Church in Plymouth, — - , 1620 ; Church in Scrooby, England, 

, 1602. First Parish in Plymouth.f Trustees of the Fuller 

Ministerial Fund of the First Parish in Plymouth, inc. Mar. 
27, 1835. 



* Formed by the uniting of the Fourth and Fifth Congregational churches, 
f The First "and Third Precincts were united as the FirsCMar. 20, 1784. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 109 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church, , 1822. First Universalist Society 

in Plymouth, inc. Feb. 15, 1826. First Universalist Parish, 
— -, 1826. 

PLYMPTON. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church in Plymplon, Massachusetts, 

inc. Dec. 15, 1891 ; Church in Plympton, , 1707 ; Church 

in the West Precinct in Plymouth, Oct. 27, 1698. West Pre- 
cinct in Plymouth, inc. Nov. 26, 1695. 



PRESCOTT. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Jan. 28, 1823 ; inc. Jan. 15, 1823 ; 
Church of Christ. First Congregational Society. First Con- 
gregational Parish in Prescott, parish merged in the society ; 
Second Parish in Pelham, Aug. 24, 1786 ; inc. June 28, 
1786 ; Fast Parish in Pelham. Proprietors of the Congre- 
gational Church.* 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Prescott. North Prescott Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 
1829. 

PRINCETON. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church in Princeton, Massachusetts, Aug. 
12, 1764. First Parish, Princeton, Massachusetts, Dec. 23, 
1833 ; inc. Dec. 23, 1833. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Princeton. Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1838. Methodist 
Episcopal Society, Aug. 5, 1840. 



PROVINCETOWN. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Provincetown, Oct. -, 1769 ; First 
Church, , 1714. First Congregational Parish of Province- 
town. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Centenary. Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1866. Cen- 
tenary Parish. 

Centre. Centre Church, , 1795. Methodist Episcopal Society in 

Provincetown, inc. June 22, 1811. 

Universalist — 
Redeemer. Church of the Redeemer, Mar. 4, 1852 ; inc. Mar. -, 1852 ; 
First Universalist Church, Mar. 15, 1848; First Christian 
Union Church, Mar. 16, 1843. First Universalist Society, Feb. 
8, 1879 ; inc. Mar. -, 1852 ; Christian Union Society, inc. Mar. 
-, 1852. 

* The earliest date of a proprietors' meeting is Sept. 8, 1823 ; the latest Mar. 6, 1855. 



110 CHUBCHES, PARISHES, AND 

QUINCY. 

Baptist — 

Calvary. The Calvary Baptist Church of Quincy , 1889 ; inc. July 

15,1890. 

West Quincy. Stvedish Baptist Church in West Quincy, June 5, 1885 ; 
inc. April 6, 1888. 

Wollaston Heights. First Baptist Church of Wollaston Heights, Mas- 
sachusetts, July 13, 1871. 



Congregational — 
Atlantic. The Memorial Congregational Church of Atlantic, Mass., 

July 22, 1885 ; inc. Aug. 28, 1885. The Memorial Congrega- 
tional Society of Atlantic, Oct. 7, 1892 ; inc. Nov. 8, 1892. 

Bethany. Bethany Congregational Church in Quincy, Mass., inc. July 
24, 1896. 

Quincy. Evangelical Congregational Church, Aug. 16, 1832. Evan- 
gelical Congregational Society in Quincy, April 5, 1832 ; inc. 
Jan. 7, 1841. 

Swedish. Sivedish Congregational Church in Quincy, Mar. 11, 1889 ; 
inc. Mar. 11, 1889. 

Washington Street. Washington Street Congregational Church of 

Quincy, , 1883. Washington Street Congregational So- 

ciety, , 1883. 

Wollaston. Congregational Church in Wollaston, , 1876. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, July 
6, 1886 ; inc. Aug. 31, 1888. 

Wollaston. Wollaston Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. 4, 1874. 

West Quincy. Methodist Episcopal Church of West Quincy, April 28, 

1872. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, June 19, 1890 ; inc. — -, 1890 ; Christ Church in 

Braintree, , 1689. The Protestant Episcopal Society of 

ChrisVs Church in Quincy, inc. Feb. 18, 1814. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Church, Quincy, — -, 1792 ; North Precinct Church in 
Braintree, Nov. 5, 1708 ; First Church of Christ in Braintree, 
Sept. 16, 1639. First Congregational Society. North Parish 
in Braintree, inc. Nov. 5, 1 708. 

Wollaston. Wollaston Unitarian Society, Jan. 31, 1888 ; inc. Jan. 31, 

1888. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church in Quincy, Mass., Jan. 31, 1841 ; First 
Universalist Church of Christ in Quincy, Mass., May 12, 1833. 
First Universalist Society in the town of Quincy, Mar. 10, 1831 ; 
inc. Mar. 14, 1833. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. Ill 



RANDOLPH. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Randolph, Massachusetts, — -, 1875 ; 
North Baptist Church of Randolph, April 25, 1819 ; inc. Feb. 
24, 1825. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund of the First Bap- 
tist Church and Society in Randolph, inc. Feb. 21, 1827. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Randolph, , 1793 ; Church 

in the South or Third Precinct of Braintree, May 28, 1731 ; 

inc. , 1731. First Congregational Parish in Randolph, 

— -, 1794. Part of the South Precinct in Braintree made a 
precinct, inc. Jan. 25, 1728. Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund of the First Congregational Parish in Randolph, inc. 
Feb. 15, 1832. 

Unitarian — 
Unity. Church of the Unity of Randolph, Feb. 23, 1889. 



RAYNHAM. 

Baptist — 
Raynham. Raynham Baptist Church, April 6, 1839. Raynham Baptist 

Society, , 1817. Proprietors of the Meeting House* 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Raynham, Oct. 19, 1731. First 
Congregational Society, inc. April 19, 1834. The Trustees 
of the Funds appropriated to the Support of Religion, Piety, 
and Morality, in the town of Raynham, inc. Mar. 3, 1 798. 

North Raynham. North Raynham Congregational Church, Dec. 29, 
1875. North Religious Society in Raynham, Dec. 27, 1876. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Church. Second Congregational So- 
ciety, , 1827. 



READING. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, Jan. 28, 1883 ; Salem Street Baptist Church, 
Sept. 10, 1832. 

Congregational — 
Reading. Congregational Church of Reading, Feb. 25, 1886 ; Bethesda 
Church, April 17, 1849. Congregational Society of Reading, 
Feb. 26, 1886 ; Bethesda Society, April 23, 1849. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Old South. Old South Methodist Episcopal Church in Reading, , 

1867 ; inc. June 3, 1887. Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in Reading. 

* Proprietors deeded to the society Dec. 22, 1832. 



112 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
Christian Union. Christian Union Church, April 27, 1869 ; inc. Aug. 
28, 1869 ; Third Church, Nov. 21, 1830. First Religious In- 
dependent United Unitarian and Universalist Society, Jan. 1, 
1831. 

REHOBOTH. 

Baptist — 

First. Baptist Church, , 1840. First Baptist Church and Society, 

about 1863. 

Congregational — 
Rehoboth. Congregational Church and Society in Rehoboth, inc. April 
18, 1848 ; The Catholick Congregational Church and Society 
in the Second Precinct in the town of Rehoboth, June 18, 1792 ; 
inc. June 19, 1792 ; Second Church of Christ, Nov. 29, 1721 ; 
Catholic Congregational Church. Trustees of the Catholick 
Congregational Church and Society in the Second Precinct in 
Rehoboth, inc. June 19, 1792 ; Trustees of the Second Parish 
of Rehoboth, inc. June 30,1761* 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Rehoboth. Methodist Episcopal Church of North Rehoboth, 

April -, 1849 ; The Reformed Methodist Church, , 1826 ; 

Six Principles Baptist Church, , 1740. The Trustees of 

the Methodist Episcopal Church of North Rehoboth, inc. April 
5, 1851. 

REVERE. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Revere, Mass., , 1877 ; inc. July 6, 

1892. 

Franklin Park. Franklin Park Baptist Church, Nov. 4, 1885. 

Congregational — 
Beachmont. The Union Evangelical Church of Beachmont, (Revere,) 
Mass., July -, 1891 ; inc. Aug. 18, 1891. 

First. First Congregational Church, May 1, 1885 ; Evangelical Con- 
gregational Church in Chelsea, May 9, 1828. First Evan- 
gelical Congregational Society in Chelsea, inc. April 4, 1828. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Revere, , 1893 ; inc. 

— -, 1893. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, Beachmont, April 12, 1886. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Church of Revere, , 1888 ; First Congrega- 
tional Church in North Chelsea, , 1846. Church of Christ 

or First Church in Chelsea, , 1739 ; Church of Christ at 

Rumney Marsh, Oct. 19, 1715. The First Unitarian Society 
of Revere, , 1888, inc. April 4, 1888 ; First Congrega- 
tional Society in Revere. First Parish in Revere ; First Parish 
in North Chelsea. 

Unity. Church of the Unity, Sept. 16, 1885. 

* The First Church organized in 1643 is in the part of Rehoboth now East Provi- 
dence, R. I. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 113 



RICHMOND. 

Congregational — 

Richmond. Congregational Church of Richmond, Mass., , 1785, inc. 

Dec. 17, 1892. Congregational Church of Richmond, , 

1765. Congregational Parish, , 1765. 



ROCHESTER. 

Congregational — 
East. East Rochester Congregational Church, Oct. 15, 1887. 

First. First Congregational Church of Rochester, Oct. 13, 1703. First 
Parish of Rochester. Proprietors of the Meeting House in 
Rochester, , 1837. 

North. North Rochester Congregational Church, June 4, 1891 ; inc. 

Aug. 3, 1891 ; Third Church in Rochester, , 1753. The 

Congregational Precinct in Rochester, Middleborough, and 

Freetown, , 1793, inc. Mar. 22, 1793. Third Parish of 

Rochester, , 1791.* Trustees of the Third Congregational 

Precinct in Rochester, Middleborough, and Freetoivn, inc. June 
18, 1825. Proprietors of the Congregational Meeting House 
in North Rochester, , 179 l.f 



ROCKLAND. 

Baptist — 

Rockland. Rockland Baptist Church, , 1877 ; The Baptist Church 

of Christ in East Abington, May 1, 1854. Rockland Raptist 
Society, inc. Mar. 10, 1877 ; East Abington Baptist Society, 
April 2, 1874 ; inc. Sept. -, 1856. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, Rockland, Mass., , 1889 ; inc. 

Nov. 4, 1889; The Congregational Church and Parish of 
Rockland, , 1875 ; inc. Feb. 10,1875; The Third Con- 
gregational Church in Abington, Aug. 27, 1813. The Third 

Congregational Parish in Abington, , 1811 ; inc. Feb. 24, 

1813, parish dissolved Nov. 19, 1889. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Central. Central Methodist Episcopal Church of Rockland, May 15, 
1891 ; inc. May 15, 1891 ; Centre Methodist Episcopal Church, 
May 7, 1886. 

Hatherly. Hatherly Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Unitarian — 
Channing. Unitarian Society of Rockland, May 22, 1884 ; inc. May 22, 

1884. 

ROCKPORT. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Rockport, Mar. 30, 1808. Raptist Society 
in Gloucester, inc. June 22, 1811, society dissolved Mar. 17, 
1873. 

* By the Act of Mar. 22, 1793 this parish was discontinued, but was to exist until 
Mar. 22, 1794, and was then further continued until Mar. 23, 1795. 

f Jan. 25, 1841 the Proprietors voted to release to the precinct, and the precinct 
accepted Mar. 9, 1841. 



114 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AKD 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Rockport, , 1855 ; Congre- 
gational Church, Rockport, , 1840 ; Fifth Church of Christ 

in Gloucester, Feb, 13, 1755 ; Sandy Bay Church. First Con- 
gregational Society in Rockport, — -, 1840 ; inc. Mar. 3, 
1842. Fifth Parish in Gloucester, Feb. 13, 1755 ; inc. Jan. 1, 
1 754 ; (Cape Lands made a Parish.') Trustees of the Minis- 
terial Fund in the Fifth Parish in Gloucester, inc. Mar. 9, 
1827. 

Pigeon Cove. First Church of Christ, Mar. 20, 1874; inc. Mar. 4, 
1891. 

Swedish. The Swedish Evangelical Congregational Church of Rock- 
port, inc. Aug. 8, 1893. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1892 ; Wesleyan Metho- 
dist Church, , 1843 ; Methodist Episcopal Church, Sandy 

Bay, , 1839. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Mary's. Saint Mary's Church, Nov. 1, 1885. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Rockport, , 1842. First Uni- 
versalist Society in Rockport, inc. Feb. 28, 1845 ; Second 
Universalist Society in Gloucester, inc. April 6, 1839 ; Uni- 
versalist Benevolent Society, Feb. 11, 1821. 

Pigeon Cove. Pigeon Cove Universalist Church, April 21, 1889. Sec- 
ond Universalist Society of Rockport, , 1872. 



RO¥E. 
Baptist — 
Rowe. Rowe Baptist Church, July 15, 1810. Rowe Baptist Society, 
society dissolved. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Rowe. Methodist Episcopal Church of Rowe, , 1815. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Unitarian Church, June 11, 1882; Church 

of Christ in Rowe, , 1785 ; Church of Christ in Myrifield, 

about 1774. First Congregational Unitarian Society, June 11, 
1882 ; First Congregational Society, Mar. 26, 1832. 



ROWLEY. 

Baptist — 
Rowley. Baptist Church, Nov. 17, 1830. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church, Rowley, Dec. 3, 1639 ; inc. 
Sept. 13, 1889. First Parish. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Parish in Rowley, July 28, 1877 ; inc. , 

1877. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 115 



ROYALSTON. 
Baptist — 

West Royalston. West Royalston Baptist Church, , 1847 ; inc. 

June 24, 1889; Royalston and Warwick Baptist Church, 
Dec. 22, 1803 ; Baptist Church in Royalston. Baptist Society, 
society dissolved. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Royalston, , 1837 ; inc. April 

15, 1896 ; Congregational* Church, Nov. 5, 1826 ; Church of 
Christ, Oct. 13, 1766. First Parish or Congregational Society 
in Royalston, Sept. 19, 1831. Royalston Parish. 

Second. Second Congregational Church in Royalston, Feb. 22, 1837. Sec- 
oud Congregational Society of Royalston, Jan. 23, 1838 ; * 
Second Congregational Society in Royalston, Mar. 9, 1837. f 
Proprietors of the Second Congregational Meeting House in 
Royalston. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
South Royalston. South Royalston Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1842. 

RUSSELL. 

Baptist — 
Russell. Baptist Church, July 18, 1816. United Baptist Society, Dec. 
16, 1800 ; inc. June 12, 1800. % 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Russell. Russell Methodist Episcopal Church, April 16, 1869. 



RUTLAND. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Congregational Church of Rutland, Oct. 9, 1727 ; inc. 
April 10, 1891- First Congregational Parish, parish dis- 
solved. 

SALEM. 

Baptist — 
Calvary. Calvary Baptist Church, Oct. 24, 1870 ; inc. Mar. 17, 1874. 

Central. Central Baptist Church of Salem, Mass., inc. Jan. 19, 1894; 
Central Baptist Church in Salem, Feb. 21, 1856 ; Second Bap- 
tist Church in Salem, Jan. 19, 1826 ; inc. Feb. 15, 1826. Cen- 
tral Baptist Society in Salem, Feb. 21, 1856; inc. Feb. 21, 
1856; Second Baptist Society in Salem, Jan. 19, 1826; inc. 
Feb. 15,1826. 

First. First Baptist Church, Salem, — -, 1826 ; Baptist Church of 
Christ in Salem, Dec. 24, 1804. First Baptist Society in Salem, 
— -, 1826; inc. Mar. 27, 1835; The Baptist Society in 
Salem, Sept. 4, 1804 ; inc. Mar. 12, 1806. 

* Located at South Royalston. 
f Located in Royalston Factory Village. 

% The name United Baptist Society in Russell, Blandford, Norwich and Mont- 
gomery sometimes used. 



116 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Crombie Street. Crombie Street Church, May 3, 1832. The Pro- 
prietors of Crombie Street Church in Salem, 'April 6, 1832 ; 
inc. Feb. 20, 1833. 

South. Third Congregational Church of Christ in Salem, May 4, 1735.* 
Proprietors of the South Church in Salem, inc. April 14, 
1838 ; The Proprietors of the New South Meeting House in 
Salem, Jan. 7, 1805 ; inc. Mar. 15, 1805. 

Tabernacle. Tabernacle Church, April 18, 1735 ; inc. Oct. 27, 1781 ; 

Church and Parish of the Confederate Society in Salem, , 

1736. Tabernacle Society ; First Society. Proprietors of the 
Tabernacle Church in Salem, inc. Feb. 21, 1834; Proprietors 
of the Meeting House and Land where the Reverend Doctor 
Nathaniel Whitaker now preaches, inc. Oct. 27, 1781. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Lafayette Street. Lafayette Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. 
6, 1853 ; Union Street Methodist Episcopal Church ; Sewall 
Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Lafayette Street Metho- 
dist Episcopal Society of Salem, , 1853. 

Wesley. The Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church of Salem, inc. May 
31, 1887. Wesley Chapel of Salem. Trustees of the First 
Methodist Episcopal Church and Society of Salem, inc. Mar. 
3, 1829. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, Salem, Aug. 31, 1858. Proprietors of Grace 
Church in Salem, inc. Mar. 5, 1859. 

Saint Peter's. Saint Peter's Church in Salem, , 1727. The Pro- 
prietors of Saint Peter's Church, inc. Feb. 24, 1794. 



Unitarian — 
Barton Square. Independent Congregational Church in Salem. Pro- 
prietors of the Independent Congregational Church in Barton 
Square in Salem, Feb. 8, 1825 ; inc. Jan. 26, 1825. 

First. First Church, Aug. 6, 1629. First Congregational Society in 
Salem, inc. June 16, 1817. First Parish in Salem. 

North. North Church in Salem, July 19, 1772. The Proprietors of the 
North Meeting House in Salem, Mar. 3, 1772 ; inc. Feb. 5, 
1802. Proprietors of the New Meeting House. 

Second. East Church in Salem, May 1, 1718. East Church Society of 
Salem, June 18, 1885. Proprietors of the Meeting House in 
the East Parish in Salem, Nov. 14, 1718. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Salem, inc. Feb. 25, 1850 ; Neiv 
Universalist Society in Salem, inc. June 20, 1826 ; The First 
Universalist Society in Salem, inc. Feb. 28, 1812. Pro- 
prietors of the First Universalist Meeting House in Salem. 

* Supposed date. Until Aug. 2, 1762 the Church claimed the name of "First," 
then took the name "the Church of which Rev. Dudley Leavitt was late pastor." 
May 23, 1763, it took the name of Third Church of Christ in Salem. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 117 



SALISBURY. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Parish Methodist. Methodist Episcopal Church of Salisbury, 
Massachusetts, — -, 1834; (Prior to 1834 Congregational.) 

Church of Christ, , 1638. First Methodist Society in the 

Town of Salisbury, inc. June 21, 1811, society dissolved in 
1834. East Parish of Salisbury, Massachusetts, , 1638.* 



SANDISFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Montville. Sandisfield Baptist Church, Aug. 21, 1779 ; inc. Mar. 21, 
1871. Sandisfield Baptist Society in Sandisfield, inc. April 
10, 1868. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church and Society, — ~, 1766 ; The 
Church in Sandisfield, Feb. 24, 1756. 

New Boston. New Boston Congregational Church, Dec. 16, 1874. 

SANDWICH. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Sept. 5, 1811. The Calvinistic 
Congregational Society in Sandwich, inc. Feb. 26, 1814. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Sandwich. Methodist Episcopal Church in Sandwich, , 1796.f 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, , 1854. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Church of Christ, , 1638. First Parish in Sandwich, 

, 1638. 

SAUGUS. 

Baptist — 
Cliftondale. First Baptist Church of Cliftondale, May 27, 1888 ; inc. 
Jan. 5, 1889. 

Congregational — 
Cliftondale. First Congregational Church of Cliftondale, May 7, 1888. 
The First Congregational Society of Cliftondale, April 23, 
1888 ; inc. May 23, 1888. 

First. First Orthodox Congregational Church, , 1832. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Centre. The Saugus Centre Methodist Episcopal Church, July 3, 1877. 

Cliftondale. Methodist Episcopal Church in Cliftondale, Mar. 20, 1856. 

Dorr Memorial. Dorr Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. 



* The parish organization is still kept up. 
f Until 1833 united in a circuit. 



118 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
East Saugus. East Saugus Methodist Episcopal Church, July 25, 1825 ; 
inc. July 25, 1825. First Methodist Episcopal Society in the 
town of Saugus, July 25, 1825 ; inc. Feb. 20, 1828. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, May 8, 1888. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church', First Congregational Church of 
Saugus ; Third Church in Lynn. First Congregational Parish 
of Saugus, July 30, 1837 ; Third Parish of Lynn. Pro- 
prietors of the Meeting House, , 1736. 



SAVOY. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Savoy, , 1832 ; Baptist Church of 

Savoy, June 24, 1786. 



SCITUATE. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church in Scituate, Aug. 10, 1825 ; inc. , 1870. 

First Baptist Society of Scituate, Aug. 10, 1825, society dis- 
solved in 1870. 

Congregational — 
First. The First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Christ in Scituate, 
Feb. 6, 1825. The First Trinitarian Congregational Society 
in Scituate, April 15, 1825. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Scituate. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1821. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Scituate, April 25, 1825 ; First Church of Christ 
in Scituate, Jan. 18, 1635. First Parish, Jan. 18, 1635.* 

Universalist — 
West Scituate. West Scituate Universalist Church. First Univer- 
salist Society in Scituate, inc. June 18, 1812. Proprietors 
of the Westerly Meeting House in Scituate, inc. Feb. 28, 
1834. 

SEEKONK. 
Congregational — 
Union. Union Congregational Church, Oct. 12, 1888. Union Congre- 
gational Society of Seekonk, inc. Feb. 16, 1887. 



SHARON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Sharon, ,1813. 

Congregational — 
Sharon. Christian Church and Society in Sharon, June 16, 1821. 

* A majority of the Church removed to Barnstable and organized the West Church, 
Oct. 11, 1639. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 119 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, July 1, 1821; Church in Sharon, 

, 1783 ; Church in Stoughtonham, , 1765 ; Church in 

the Second Precinct in Stoughton, , 1740. First Congre- 
gational Parish, July 1, 1821. Second Precinct in Stoughton, 
inc. July 2, 1 740. 



SHEFFIELD. 

Congregational — 
First. Church of Christ, Oct. 22, 1735. First Congregational Society 
of Sheffield, Massachusetts, , 1825. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ashley Falls. Ashley Falls Methodist Episcopal Church. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Sheffield, Massachusetts, 
, 1847 ; inc. , 1847. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, June 10, 1866. Protestant Episcopal Society in 
Sheffield, inc. Feb. 22, 1814. 



SHELBURNE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Nov. 3, 1833. First Baptist Society. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church ; Church in Shelburne, about 1770. 
First Congregational Society, Sept. -, 1827. 

Shelburne Falls. Congregational Church of Shelburne Falls, Jan. 8, 
1850 ; inc. Jan. 8, 1850. Congregational Society of Shelburne 
Falls, Dec. 22, 1849. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. 
12, 1851. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Emmanuel. Emmanuel Memorial Church, about 1883. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, Shelburne Falls, Feb. 26, 1853 ; inc. 

— -, 1853. First Universalist Parish, , 1853 ; inc. , 

1853. 

SHERBORN. 

Congregational — 
Pilgrim. Pilgrim Church, Mar. 20 v 1875 ; inc. Mar. 20, 1875 ; Sherburne 
Evangelical Church, April 1, 1830 ; Church of Christ, Mar. 26, 
1685. I J ilgrim Society of Sherborn, Mar. 20, 1875 ; inc. Mar. 
20, 1875; Sherburne ' Evangelical Society, April 1, 1830. 
Second Parish in Sherburne. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, Mar. 25, 1830. First Parish; 
Sherborne Parish, inc. Oct. 7, 1674. 



120 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



SHIRLEY. 

Baptist - 
First. First Baptist Church, Feb. 28, 1853. First Baptist Society, 
Shirley, Feb. 28, 1853. 

Congregational — 
Shirley. Orthodox Congregational Church of Shirley, Mar. 12, 1828. 
Orthodox Congregational Society of Shirley, Feb. 26, 1828 ; 
inc. , 1846. 



Unitarian — 
First. Church in Shirley, June 23, 1762. First Congregational Society, 
Mar. -, 1822. First Parish. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, Dec. 20, 1846. First Universalist 
Society of Shirley Village, Mar. 27, 1845 ; Second Universalist 
Society, April 2, 1830 ; First Universal Christian Society in 
Shirley, Oct. 29, 1821 ; inc. June 19, 1819; Universalist So- 
ciety, Sept. 26, 1812. 



SHREWSBURY. 

Congregational — 

First. Congregational Church, , 1821 ; First Church, Dec. 4, 1723. 

Congregational Parish in Shrewsbury, reorganized — -, 
1821 ; First Parish in Shrewsbury, Jan. 21, 1742 ; inc. Oct. 6, 
1 743. The Trustees of the Funds appropriated to the sup- 
port of a Minister of the Congregational Denomination in the 
town of Shreivsbury, inc. Feb. 18, 1801. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 1846 ; 
inc. April 26, 1847. 



SHUTESBURY. 

Baptist — 
Shutesbury. Shutesbury Baptist Church; Ante-Pedobaptist Church, 
Sept. 24, 1778. 

Congregational — 
Shutesbury. Congregational Church in Shutesbury, reorganized Feb. 
4, 1806 ; Church in Roadtown, Oct. 27, 1742. 



SOMERSET. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1803 ; inc. , 1874. Society of the 

First Baptist Church, , 1874 ; inc. , 1874. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, July 3, 1861. First Congrega- 
tional Society, Feb. 27, 1863. 



EELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 121 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Somerset. Somerset Methodist Episcopal Church. 

South Somerset. South Somerset Methodist Episcopal Church. 



SOMERVILLE. 

Baptist — 
East. East Somerville Baptist Church, Mar. 19, 1890. Perkins Street 
Baptist Society in Somerville, Nov. 22, 1853; inc. Feb. 22, 
1854 ; * Neck Village Baptist Society in Charlestown, July 
18, 1844 ; inc. July 24, 1844. 

First. First Baptist Church, Dec. 30, 1852. First Baptist Society in 
Somerville, Oct. 29, 1849. 

Perkins Street. Perkins Street Baptist Church, Aug. 26, 1853; inc. 
Sept. 2, 1890 ; Charlestown and Somerville Baptist Church, 
Sept. 11, 1846 ; Neck Village Baptist Church, May 4, 1845. 
Perkins Street Baptist Society in Somerville, Nov. 22, 1853 ; 
inc. Feb. 22, 1854 ; f Neck Village Baptist Society in Charles- 
town, July 18. 1844 ; inc. July 24, 1844. 

Union Square. Union Square Baptist Church, June 14, 1885; inc. 
Jan. 29, 1889. 

West Somerville. West Somerville Baptist Church, May 13, 1874; 
inc. Mar. 29, 1893. West Somerville Baptist Church Corpo- 
ration, Aug. 14, 1874 ; inc. Aug. 22, 1874. 

Winter Hill. Winter Hill Baptist Church, June 24, 1886 ; inc. April 
25, 1887 ; Broadway Baptist Church, June 27, 1881. 

Congregational — 
Broadway. Broadway Congregational Church, July 16, 1883 ; inc. 
June 30, 1883 ; Broadway Church ; Broadway Orthodox 
Congregational Clvurch, June 14, 1864. Winter Hill Congre- 
gational Society, inc. Mar. 24,1883, society dissolved ; Broad- 
way Orthodox Congregational Society of Somerville, June 23, 
1869. 

First. First Orthodox Congregational Church of Somerville, May 3, 
1855 ; inc. May 3, 1855. First Orthodox Congregational So- 
ciety, Sept. 15, 1853. 

Highland. Highland Congregational Church in Somerville, Massa- 
chusetts, Nov. 28, 1894; inc. Dec. 12, 1894. 

Prospect Hill. Prospect Hill Congregational Church, Dec. 30, 1874 ; 
inc. Sept. 28, 1887. 

West Somerville. The West Somerville Congregational Church, April 
14, 1874; inc. Dec. 31,1896. West Somerville Congrega- 
tional Society, Jan. 7, 1875 ; inc. Jan. 7, 1875. 

Winter Hill. Winter Hill Congregational Church, , 1883. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Broadway. Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, June -, 1873. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Somerville, May 30, 1875 ; 
Webster Avenue Church, July 13, 1858 ; inc. Sept. 27, 1858 ; 
Union Square Church. 

* See Perkins Street Baptist Church. 

t Since the incorporation of the church the society has been connected with the 
East Somerville Baptist Church. 



122 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
Flint Street. Flint Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Nov. 17, 1868. 

Park Avenue. Park Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, inc. July 1, 
1872 ; Holland Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Emmanuel. Emmanuel Church, Dec. 29, 1862 ; inc. Dec. 29, 1862. 
Emmanuel Parish, Dec. 29, 1862 ; inc. Dec. 29, 1862. 

Saint James's. Saint James's Church, West Somerville, Massachusetts, 
Nov. 18, 1887 ; inc. Nov. 18, 1887. 

Saint Thomas's. Saint Thomas's Church, — -, 1866. Rector, War- 
dens, and Vestry of the Parish of Saint Thomas's Church, , 

1866. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Society of Somerville, Aug. 22, 1844 ; inc. 
Oct. 20, 1845. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, Dec. 29, 1861. First Universalist 
Society of Somerville, Feb. 16, 1854. 

Third. Third Universalist Church of Somerville, Oct. 2, 1886. Third 
Universalist Parish of Somerville, July 13, 1881 ; inc. July 
13, 1881. 

Winter Hill. Winter Hill Universalist Church, inc. May 24, 1889. 
Winter Hill Universalist Parish of Somerville, July 7, 1879. 



SOUTHAMPTON. 

Congregational — 
Southampton. Congregational Church, June 8, 1743. First Congre- 
gational Parish, inc. July 23, 1741. Second Precinct in North- 
ampton, inc. July 23, 1741. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Southampton. Southampton Methodist Episcopal Church, May -, 1842. 



SOUTHBOROUGH. 

Baptist - 
Fayville. Fayville Baptist Church, inc. April 25, 1831 ; First Baptist 
Church of Southborough, Nov. 30, 1825. First Baptist Society 
of Southborough, June 9, 1823; inc. June 11, 1811, society 
dissolved Mar. 2, 1869. 

Congregational — 
Pilgrim. Pilgrim Church of Christ, Feb. 17, 1831. Pilgrim Evangelical 
Society, Aug. 4, 1857 ; inc. Sept. 15, 1831. First Parish of 
Southborough, inc. Feb. 23, 1832, parish dissolved about 1860. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Southborough, Jan. 18, 1865 ; 
inc. Aug, 15, 1887. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Southville. South ville Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. - , 1893. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 123 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Church, Dec. -, 1860 ; inc. , I860. Saint 

Mark's Parish. 



S O U THBRID G E . 
Baptist — 
Central. Central Baptist Church, Sept. 18, 184^ ; First Baptist Church, 
Jan. 29, 1817. First Baptist Society in Southbridge, May 1, 
1816 ; inc. Jan. 29, 1822. 

Congregational — 
Southbridge. Congregational Beligious Society in Southbridge, Sept. 
5, 1816 ; inc. Bee. 13, 1816 ; Second Beligious Society in the 
town of Charlton, Sept. 16, 1801 ; inc. Feb. 28, 1801. Pro- 
prietors of the Ministerial Fund, mentioned in records of June, 
1816. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Southbridge. Methodist Episcopal Church, Sept. 5, 1835. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church in Southbridge, April 28, 1850. First 
Universalist Society of Southbridge, April 14, 1838. 



SOUTH HADLEY. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, , 1753 ; Second Church of 

Christ in Hadley, Oct. 3, 1733. First Parish, South Hadley, 
Mar. 12, 1824 ; inc. Mar. 12, 1824 ; Second Precinct in Hadley, 
inc. Jan. 16, 1759. 

South Hadley Falls. Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 
Massachusetts, Sept. -, 1878. Congregational Society in South 
Hadley Falls, Sept. -, 1878; inc. Feb. 14, 1879. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
South Hadley Falls. South Hadley Falls Methodist Episcopal Church, 
, 1830. 

SOUTHWICK. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, , 1806. First Baptist Society in South- 
wick, inc. Mar. 3, 1826. 

Congregational — 
First. The Congregational Church of Southwick, Oct. 14, 1891 ; inc. 
Nov. 20, 1891 ; First Congregational Church in Southwick, 
Feb. 3, 1845 ; Church of Christ in Southwick, Aug. 17, 1773. 
First Congregational Society in Southwick, Nov. 5, 1825 ; inc. 
June 18, 1825. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Southwick. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1816. 



SPENCER. 

Baptist — 
Spencer. Spencer Baptist Church, , 1878. Baptist Church Cor- 
poration, , 1885. 



124 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Spencer. Congregational Church of Spencer ; Second Church of Christ 
in Spencer, June 12, 1753 ; Second Church of Christ in 
Leicester, May 17, 1744. First Congregational Parish of 
Spencer; Second Precinct in Leicester, May 17, 1744. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Spencer. Methodist Episcopal Church of Spencer, Mass., , 1841 ; 

inc. — -, 1841. 

TJniversalist — 

Our Father. Church of Our Father, , 1878 ; inc. , 1878. Parish 

of the Church of Our Father, , 1878 ; inc. , 1878. 



SPRINGFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Carew Street. The Carew Street Baptist Church of Springfield, Mass., 
May -, 1887; inc. Jan. 27, 1890. Carew Street Baptist So- 
ciety of Springfield, inc. June 8, 1887 ; Ward One Baptist 
Mission Society of Springfield. 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1811. 

Highland. Highland Baptist Church, — -, 1886. Highland Baptist 
Society, , 1886 ; inc. Dec. 31, 1886. 

State Street. State Street Baptist Church, Aug. 17, 1864. State 
Street Baptist Society, Feb. 4, 1865. 

Third. The Third Baptist Church of Springfield, , 1872 ; inc. Jan. 

9,1889; Pilgrim Church; Berean Church. 

Congregational — 
Eastern Avenue. The Eastern Avenue Congregational Church of 
Springfield, Massachusetts, Feb. 5, 1888 ; inc. Mar. 29, 1889. 

Emmanuel. Emmanuel Congregational Church of Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, inc. Mar. 28, 1894; White Street Congregational 
Church, Nov. 20, 1888. 

Faith. Faith Church, Nov. 28, 1894 ; inc. April 5, 1895. 

First. First Church of Christ, , 1637. First Parish of Springfield, 

— -, 1637. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the First 
Parish in Springfield, inc. Mar. 8, 1806. 

French. The First French Congregational Church of Springfield, Sept. 
-, 1886 ; inc. , 1886. 

Hope. Hope Church, Mar. 15, 1876. Hope Congregational Society, 
Oct. 16, 1877. 

Indian Orchard. Evangelical Church of Indian Orchard ; First Con- 
gregational Church of Indian Orchard, Mar. 23, 1848. Evan- 
gelical Society of Indian Orchard ; Evangelical Religious 
Society of Indian Orchard, — , 1865 ; Indian Orchard Con- 
gregational Society, , 1854. 

North. North Congregational Church, Oct. 28, 1846. North Congre- 
gational Society, Sept. -, 1847 ; inc. Mar. -, 1848. 

Olivet. Olivet Church, Mar. 13, 1855; inc. Mar. 31, 1875; Fourth 
Congregational Church, Jan. 8, 1833. Olivet Society of Spring- 
field, inc. Mar. Hi, 1875 ; Fourth Congregational Society of 
'Spr iiti field, April 26, 1833. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 125 

Congregational — Con. 
Park. The Park Congregational Church of Springfield, Massachusetts, 
June 28, 1889 ; inc. Mar. 10, 1890. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Congregational Church, inc. Nov . 9, 1892 ; 

The Sanford Street Congregational Church, , 1864 ; inc. 

May 10, 1890 ; Sanford Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 
— -, 1849. 

South. South Congregational Church, Springfield, Massachusetts, Mar. 
23, 1842 ; inc. Mar. 23, 1842. South Congregational Society, 
Jan. 29, 1842. 

Swedish. Swedish Mission Church of Springfield, Massachusetts, April 
1, 1892 ; inc. May 9, 1892. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Asbury. Asbury First Methodist Episcopal Church of Springfield, April 
21, 1890; inc. April 21, 1890; Florence Street Methodist 
Episcopal Church of Springfield, July -, 1815. 

First Swedish. First Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, June 4, 
1893. 

Grace. Grace Methodist Episcopal Church of Springfield, Jan. 19, 1875 ; 
inc. Mar. 18, 1887 ; Central Methodist Episcopal Church of 
Springfield, Jan. 4, 1867 ; inc. , 1869. 

Saint Luke's. Saint Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church of Springfield, 
Massachusetts, Mar. 7, 1889. 

State Street. State Street Methodist Episcopal Church of Springfield, 
, 1870 ; inc. Mar. 9, 1874; Union Street Methodist Epis- 
copal Church of Springfield, , 1823. 

Trinity. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church of Springfield, Mar. 23 
1869 ; inc. Mar. 23, 1872 ; Methodist Episcopal Church in 
Pynchon Street in the City of Springfield, May 1, 1844. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, Springfield, inc. Mar. 31, 1875. Wardens, 
Vestry, and Proprietors of Christ Church in Springfield, Nov. 
30, 1838 ; inc. Mar. 23, 1839. 

Saint Peter's. Saint Peter's Parish, Springfield, inc. Dec. 12, 1893. 

Unitarian — 
Unity. Third Congregational Society in Springfield, Oct. 12, 1820 ; inc. 
Jan. 31, 1820; Second Congregational Society in the First 
Parish in Springfield, Mar. 4, 1819 ; inc. Feb. 15, 1819. 

Universalist — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church Society, Mar. 4, 1819 ; inc. Feb. 15, 
1819. Saint Paul's Society, — -, 1855; First Independent 
Universalist Society in Springfield, inc. Feb. 13, 1827. 



STERLING. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Sterling, July 24, 1837. 

Congregational — 
First. First Evangelical Congregational Church, June 22, 1852. First 
Evangelical Congregational Society, , 1851. 



126 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
First. First Church in Sterling, April 25, 1781; Second Church in 
Lancaster, May 24, 1742. First Congregational Society. Sec- 
ond Precinct of Lancaster. 



STOCKBRIDGE. 

Congregational — 

Curtisville. Curtisville Congregational Church, inc. , 1834 ; North 

Congregational Church in Stockbridge, Dec. 22, 1824. Cur- 
tisville Congregational Society, , 1834 ; North Congrega- 
tional Society in Stockbridge, , 1824. 

Stockbridge. Congregational Church, Stockbridge, Oct. 18, 1734. 
Congregational Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Stockbridge. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1837. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, Feb. 1, 1834. 



STONEHAM. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Stoneham, Feb. 7, 1870 ; inc. July 14, 
1871. 



Congregational — 
Stoneham. Congregational Church, Stoneham, July 2, 1729. First 
Parish and Congregational Society, April 16, 1827. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Stoneham, Massachusetts, 
Mar. -, 1856 ; inc. June -, 1859, reincorporated Jan. -, 1865. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Church of Stoneham, Feb. 12, 1889 ; inc. April 
1, 1889 ; Christian Union Church, Feb. 23, 1867. 



STOUGHTON. 
Congregational — 
First. Tlic First Congregational Church of Stoughton, Massachusetts, 
inc. June 16, 1896; First Congregational Church, July 3, 
1822. First Congregational Church and Society in Stoughton, 
Oct. 24, 1825 : inc. June 15, 1831. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
North Stoughton. Methodist Episcopal Church of North Stoughton, 
inc. , 1889. 

Stoughton. Methodist Episcopal Society, , 1812 ; inc. , 1812. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Episcopal Church, Stoughton, Mass., , 1893. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 127 

Universalist — 
First. First Church of Christ, Aug. 10, 1744 ; inc. Aug. 10, 1744. The 
Parish in Stoughton, — , 1797. Second Precinct in Stough- 

ton, , 1765; Third Precinct in Stoughton, Dec. 12, 1743; 

inc. Nov. 9, 1743 ; South Precinct in Dorchester, (a part of) 
inc. Dec. 19,1715. 

STOW. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Rockbottom. Rockbottom Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1852. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Church of Stow, , 1699. First Parish, , 1833. First 

Congregational Society of Stow, , 1701. 



STURBRIDGE. 

Baptist — 

Fiskdale. Fiskdale Baptist Church, , 1842. Baptist Church of Stur- 

bridge, , 1749. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Sept. 29, 1736. Congregational 

Society, , 1831. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Congregational Society of Sturbridge, June 13, 
1864, inc. June 13, 1864. 



SUDBURY. 

Congregational — 
South Sudbury. The Memorial Congregational Church in South Sud- 
bury, Mass., inc. May 14, 1890 ; Evangelical Union Church. 
Evangelical Union Society ; The Sudbury Evangelical Union 
Society, Mar. 20, 1839. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Sudbury. Sudbury Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1830. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Unitarian Church of Sudbury, Sept. -, 
1844 ; Church in the West Parish. Feb. 11, 1723 ; Church in 

Sudbury, , 1640. First Unitarian Society of Sudbury, 

Sept. -, 1844. First or West Parish in Sudbury, Feb. 11, 
1723. Precinct on the West Side of the River, inc. June 1, 
1 708. Trustees of the Sudbury Ministerial Fund, inc. June 
14,1817. 

SUNDERLAND. 

Baptist — 
North Sunderland. North Sunderland Baptist Church, Jan. -, 1822 ; 
North Sunderland and Montague Baptist Church. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Sunderland, Massachusetts, Jan 
1, 1718. First Congregational Society, Nov. 4, 1831. 



128 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



SUTTON. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Sutton, June 1, 1785. First Baptist Society 
in Sutton, inc. June 12, 1829 ; West Sutton Baptist Society, 
- -, 1785. U 

Manchaug. Manchaug Baptist Church, , 1842. Saint John Bap- 
tist Society, inc. May 1, 1889. 

Second. Sutton Second Baptist Church, , 1792. South Sutton Bap- 
tist Society. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Sutton, Nov. 9, 1720. The First 
Congregational Society in Sutton, inc. June 25, 1 794. South 
Parish in Sutton, inc. Mar. 2, 1808. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, April 7, 1828. Saint John's Parish, 
April 7, 1828. Minister, Wardens, Vestry, and Proprietors of 
St. John's Church in Sutton, inc. Mar. 10, 1827. 



SWAMPSCOTT. 

Baptist — 
Bethany. The Bethany Baptist Church, Sept. 28, 1895 ; inc. Nov. 26, 
1895. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church of Christ in Sivampscott, July 15, 1846. The Ortho- 
dox Congregational Parish of Sivampscott, Nov. 30, 1888 ; inc. 
Nov. 28, 1888. First Congregational Society of Swampscott, 
, 1845. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. Swampscott First Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. -, 1855. 



SWANSEA. 
Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, North Swansea, 1663. First Baptist 

Church and Society in Swansea, , 1848. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Christ Church, Jan.. 7, 1847 ; inc. Jan. 7, 1847. Christ Church 
Parish, Jan. 7, 1847 ; inc. Jan. 7, 1847. 

Universalist — 
North Swansea. North Swansea Universalist Society, Feb. 3, 1877 ; 
inc. Feb. 3, 1877. 



TAUNTON. 

Baptist — 
Winthrop Street. Winthrop Street Baptist Church, April 11, 1864; 
Taunton Green Baptist Church, Feb. 17, 1845 ; inc. Mar. 25, 
1845; Second Baptist Church in Taunton, June 16, 1819. 
Winthrop Street Baptist Society, inc. Feb. 8, 1864; Second 
Baptist Society in Taunton, April 11, 1864 ; inc. Mar. 9, 1833. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 129 

Congregational — 
East. East Taunton Congregational Church, Jan. 16, 1853 ; inc. Mar. 
3, 1894. East Taunton Congregational Society, , 1853. 

Taunton. Trinitarian Congregational Church of Christ in Taunton, 
Massachusetts, Aug. 17, 1821. Trinitarian Congregational So- 
ciety in Taunton, Jan. 7, 1822 ; inc. Feb. 24, 1825. 

West. West Congregational Church in Taunton, Mar. 2, 1792. The 
West Congregational Society in Taunton, Mar. 22, 1791 ; inc. 
Mar. 27, 1703. 

Winslow. Winslow Congregational Church, , 1853 ; Spring Street 

Church, Jan. 12, 1837. Winslow Society, , 1853 ; Spring 

Street Society, , 1837. 

Union. Union Congregational Church, Mar. 16, 1868; inc. Oct. 15, 
1891. Union Society, Nov. 14, 1867. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Central. Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Oct. -, 1852. Central 
Methodist Episcopal Society, , 1852. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1829. First Methodist 

Episcopal Society, , 1829. 

Grace. Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Dec. 3, 1874. 

Tremont Street. Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, Dec. 1, 1866. Saint John's Parish, 

, 1868. 

Saint Thomas's. Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas in Taunton, , 

1740; inc. Feb. 7,1820. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, May 16, 1792 ; Church in Taun- 
ton, — -, 1637. The First Congregational Society in the 
town of Taunton, inc. Mar. 8, 1791. Trustees of First Con- 
gregational Society in Taunton, inc. Mar. 22, 1793. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Chtwch of Taunton, , 1842. First Uni- 
versalist Society in Taunton, , 1841 ; inc. Mar. 1, 1833. 



TEMPLETON. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Baldwinville, inc. April 12, 1892 ; 
Baptist Church of Christ in Templeton, Aug. 22, 1782.* The 
Baptist Society in Templeton, Oct. 29, 1788; inc. Feb. 10, 
1804. 

Congregational — 
Baldwinville. First Congregational Church in Baldwinville, June 4, 

1874. First Congregational Society, June 4, 1874 ; inc. , 

1874. 

Templeton. Trinitarian Church, April -, 1832. Trinitarian Parish, 
April -, 1832. 

* A church record Oct. 17, 1783 says ; " 3d. The society being present gave their 
consent." 



130 CHUKCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Templeton. Templeton Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1840. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Church in Templeton, , 1762; First 

Church of Christ in Narragansett, No. 6, Jan. 8, 1755. First 
Parish in Templeton. 



TEWKSBURY. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1843 ; inc. , 1843. First Baptist 

Society, April 8, 1843. 

Congregational — 
Tewksbury. The Tewksbury Congregational Church, Nov. 23, 1734; 
inc. June 18, 1891. 



TISBURY. 
Baptist — 
Vineyard Haven. First Baptist Church, Dec. 21, 1780. Baptist So- 
ciety, , 1780 ,- inc. , 1780. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Tisbury. North Tisbury Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Vineyard Haven. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Vineyard 
Haven, — -, 1797. First Methodist Episcopal Society in 
Tisbury, inc. Mar. 7, 1833. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Vineyard Haven. Grace Church of Vineyard Haven, , 1882. 



TOLLAND. 

Congregational — 

Tolland. Congregational Church of Tolland, , 1810; Church in 

the West or Third Parish of Granville, , 1790. Congre- 
gational Society in Tolland, — -, 1790. West Parish in 
Granville. 

TOPSFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Topsfield. Congregational Church in Topsfield, , 1663. Congre- 
gational Parish in Topsfield, Mar. 29, 1824; inc. Feb. 19, 
1824. Precinct at the Hamlet, inc. Oct. 29, 1713. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Topsfield. Methodist Episcopal Church of Topsfield, , 1830 ; inc. 

April 26, 1847. 

TOWNSEND. 
Baptist — 
West Townsend. West Townsend Baptist Church, May 9, 1827. West 
Townsend Baptist Society, April 20, 1818; inc. about 1830; 
Townsend Baptist Society, 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 131 

Congregational — 
First. First Church, Oct. 16, 1734. First Parish Religious Society of 
Townsend, inc. May 15, 1884. Inhabitants of the First 
Parish in Townsend, corporation dissolved May 15, 1884; 
Orthodox Congregational Society, Mar. 23, 1830. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Townsend. Townsend Methodist Episcopal Church, April 17, 1852. 



TRURO. 

Congregational — 
First. First .Congregational Church, Nov. 1, 1711. First Congrega- 
tional Society, , 1711. 

North. North Congregational Church, Nov. 1, 1811. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Truro. North Truro Methodist Episcopal Church. 

South Truro. Methodist Episcopal Church, South Truro, Feb. -, 1852 ; 
Second Methodist Episcopal Church, Truro, April 29, 1829 ; 
inc. April 29, 1829. Methodist Episcopal Parish, South 
Truro, Feb. -, 1852; inc. Feb. -, 1852; Second Methodist 
Episcopal Parish, Truro, May 2, 1830 ; inc. May 2, 1830. 



TYNGSBOROUGH. 
Congregational — 
Tyngsboroug-h. Evangelical Church, April 7, 1868. 

Unitarian — 
First. Church of Tyngsborough, Nov. 30, 1789. First Parish in Tyngs- 
borough, June 22, 1789 ; inc. May 31, 1834 ; First Parish in 
Dunstable, June 10, 1755. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church in Tyngsborough, June 14, 1874. 
First Universalist Society in Tyngsborough, Oct. 23, 1869 ; 
inc. Oct. 23, 1869. Proprietors of the First Universalist Meet- 
ing House in Tyngsborough, May 22, 1841. 



TYRINGHAM. 

Baptist — 
Tyringham. Baptist Church, Aug. 22, 1827. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Tyringham. Tyringham Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1844. 



UPTON. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Upton, Massachusetts, Aug. -, 

1735. First Parish and Religious Society of Upton, , 1834 ; 

inc. , 1834. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Upton. Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 1, 1874 ; inc, Sept. 17, 1874. 



132 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 

First. Unitarian Church, , 1849. The First Unitarian Society in 

Upton, May 29, 1847 ; inc. Sept. 5, 1894. 



UXBRIDGE. 

Baptist — 
North Uxbridge. North Uxbridge Baptist Church, June 22, 1842. 
North Uxbridge Baptist Society, Mar. 13, 1869, society dis- 
solved Feb. -, 1892. 



Congregational — 
First. First Evangelical Congregational Church, April 19, 1832. First 
Evangelical- Congregational Society in Uxbridge, Feb. 1, 1832 ; 
inc. Mar. 13, 1834. 



Methodist Episcopal — 

Uxbridge. Uxbridge Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1875 ; inc. 

— -, 1875. 



Unitarian — 

First. First Congregational Church in Uxbridge, , 1832 ; Church 

of Christ in Uxbridge, Jan. 6, 1731. The First Congrega- 
tional Society in Uxbridge, June 23, 1797 ; inc. June 23, 
1797. 

WAKEFIELD. 

Baptist— 

First. First Baptist Church of Wakefield, , 1868 ; First Baptist 

Church of South Reading, , 1812 ; First Baptist Church of 

Reading, Jan. 31, 1804. Baptist Society of Wakefield, , 

1868, society dissolved April 11, 1888; Baptist Society of 

South Reading, , 1812 ; inc. Feb. 18, 1861 ; Baptist Society 

of Reading, June -, 1797. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, Wakefield, , 1868 ; First Church 

of South Reading, , 1812 ; First Church of Reading, , 

1644. First Parish of Wakefield, , 1868 ; First Parish of 

South Reading, , 1812 ; First or South Parish of Reading, 

, 1644. Trustees of the Sotcth Parish in Reading Minis- 
terial Fund, inc. June 14, 1823. (Act repealed Mar. 4, 
1847.) 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Wakefield. Wakefield Methodist Episcopal Church, July 4, 1868; 
South Reading Methodist Episcopal Church, June 15, 1865. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Emmanuel. Emmanuel Church, Aug. 20, 1881. Emmanuel Parish, 
Aug. -, 1881. Mission of the Good Shepherd, April 12, 1880 ; 
Emmanuel Mission, , 1869. 



Universalist — 
Wakefield. Universalist Church, , 1813. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 133 



WALES. 

Baptist — 

Wales. Wales Baptist Church, , 1827; South Brimfield Baptist 

Church, Oct. 4, 1736. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Wales. Wales Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1830. 



WALPOLE. 
Congregational — 
East Walpole. East Walpole Orthodox Congregational Church, May 
5, 1877. 

Walpole. Orthodox Congregational Church, Nov. 10, 1826. Orthodox 
Congregational Society, Oct. 4, 1826. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Walpole. Methodist Episcopal Church, Walpole, June -, 1875. 

South Walpole. Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1819. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church, , 1887. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Parish Church, July 2, 1730. First Parish. 



WALTHAM. 

Baptist — 
Beth Eden. TJie Beth Eden Baptist Church of Waltham, Massachu- 
setts, Oct. 25, 1887 ; inc. July 24, 1888. 

First. First Baptist Church in Waltham, inc. Nov, 4, 1852. First Bap- 
tist Society of Waltham, Nov. 26, 1855 ; inc. Nov. 26, 1855. 

Congregational — 
Swedish. Swedish Congregational Church of Waltham, Mass., April 
27, 1892; inc. June 28, 1892. Swedish Free Society of 
Waltham, Massachusetts, Feb. 4, 1889. 

Waltham. Trinitarian Congregational Church, Sept. 28, 1820. First 
Trinitarian Congregational Society, Feb. 15, 1847 ; inc. Feb. 
15, 1847 ; * Second Religious Society in Waltham, inc. June 
17,1820. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Emmanuel. Emmanuel Church, , 1889. 

First. First Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Christ. Christ Church, , 1849 ; inc. , 1849. Christ Church 

Parish, , 1849 ; inc. , 1849. 

* See also two Second Religious societies extinct. 



134 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
Waltham. Church connected with the Independent Congregational 
Society, May 9, 1841. First Parish in Waltham, inc. May 3, 
1866. Independent Congregational Society in Waltham, June 
25, 1838 ; inc. Feb. 1, 1839. 

Universalis!; — 
Our Saviour. Church of Our Saviour, Feb. 22, 1874. Universalist 
Society of Waltham, June 11, 1865. 



WARE. 

Congregational — 
East. East Congregational Church, April 12, 1826. East Congrega- 
tional Society in Ware, May 8, 1825 ; inc. , 1836. East 

Parish in Ware, inc. Feb. 6, 1829. Ware Village Meeting 
House Corporation, inc. Mar. 10, 1827. 

First. The First Congregational Church of Ware, Mass., May 9, 1751 ; 
inc. Jan. 21, 1895. Parish of the First Church, , 1742. 

French. VEglise Congregationelle Francaise, Oct. 8, 1888 ; inc. Feb. 
2, 1888. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ware. Methodist Episcopal Church of Ware, Massachusetts, June 29, 

1837. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Church, May 22, 1888. Trinity Parish, May 22, 1888. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society, Oct. 7, 1846. 



WAREHAM. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Wareham, Mass., Dec. 25, 1739 ; 
inc. Dec. 17, 1890. Society of the First Congregational 
Church, Dec. 25, 1739, society dissolved. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
East Wareham. East Wareham Methodist Episcopal Church, about 

1872. 

Wareham. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1831 ; inc. , 1836. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Good Shepherd. Church of the Good Shepherd, Feb. -, 1883. 



WARREN. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of Warren, Massachusetts, , 

1834 ; First Church of Western, , 1743. Warren Congre- 
gational Society, , 1834; Western Congregational Society. 

West. West Congregational Church of Warren, Massachusetts, June 5, 
1866. West Congregational Society of Warren, Massachu- 
setts, Aug. 7, 1865. 



KELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 135 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1853. 

West. West Warren Methodist Episcopal Church, July 29, 1877. 

Universalist — 
Warren. Universalist Church of Warren, Feb. 14, 1839. Universalist 

Society of Warren, , 1882 ; inc. April 6', 1881 ; Second 

Universalist Society in the town of Weston, , 1825. 



WARWICK. 

Baptist - 
Warwick. Warwick Baptist Church, Aug. 30, 1843. Warwick Baptist 

Society, , 1843. 

Congregational — 
Warwick. Trinitarian Congregational Church, April 30, 1829 ; inc. 
June 3, 1829. Trinitarian Congregational Society, Feb. 16, 
1829. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, Dec. 3, 1760. Trustees of the Con- 
gregational Society in Warwick, inc. April 20, 1779 * (Act 
repealed Feb. 28, 1795, and the third section of the repealing 
act repealed June 14, 1800.) 



WASHINGTON. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Washington. Washington Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1832. 



WATERTOWN. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Watertown, July 18, 1830 ; inc. Sept. 
28, 1891. First Baptist Society in Watertown, inc. Mar. 18, 
1834. 

Congregational — 
Phillips. Phillips Church, April 17, 1855. First Orthodox Parish, 
Mar. 26, 1855. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Watertown. Methodist Episcopal Church in Watertown, Aug. 4, 1837. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Good Shepherd. Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts, Mar. 12, 1886. 

Unitarian — 

First. Church of the First Parish of Watertown, , 1835 ; Church of 

the East Precinct, , 1697 ; The Church in Watertown, July 

30, 1630. First Parish of Watertown, Mass., Feb. 20, 1835 ; 
inc. Feb. 20, 1835. Trustees of the Watertown Ministerial 
Fund, inc. Feb. 18, 1812. 

* The first special Act of incorporation of a religious body noticed. 



136 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



WAYLAND. 

Congregational — 
Wayland. Trinitarian Congregational Church of Way land, inc. Aug. 
24, 1896; Evangelical Trinitarian Congregational Church, 
May 21, 1828. Evangelical Religious Society, May 21, 1828 ; 
inc. May 3, 1883. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Cochituate. Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 31, 1884. Methodist 
Episcopal Society of Cochituate, Oct. 7, 1867 ; inc. June 9, 
1883 ; Episcopal Methodist Society of Cochituate, inc. April 
23, 1866. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Church in Wayland, , 1835; First Church in East 

Sudbury, , 1780 ; East Church in Sudbury, Feb. 11, 1723. 

First Parish in Wayland ; East Parish in Sudbury, June 25, 
1722 ; inc. , 1836. Trustees of the East Sudbury Minis- 
terial Fund, inc. Feb. 28, 1815. 



WEBSTER. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church of Webster, , 1832; First Baptist 

Church of Dudley, Oct. 26, 1814. First Baptist Society of 
Webster, , 1832 ; First Society of Dudley, April 18, 1814. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, June 13, 1838 ; inc. June 13, 1838. 
First Congregational Society, April 13, 1838 ; inc. April 13, 

1838. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Webster. Webster Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1835 ; inc. , 

1877. Dudley Methodist Episcopal Society. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Reconciliation. Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestrymen of the 
Church of the Reconciliation, Webster, Jan. 3, 1870. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church. Universalist Society, June 22, 1866. 



WELLESLEY. 

Congregational — 

Wellesley. Wellesley Congregational Church, June 27, 1881 ; inc. Feb. 
16, 1891 ; Congregational Church in West Needhani, Sept. 
6, 1798. Wellesley Congregational Society, Dec. 19, 1864. 
West Precinct in the town of Needham, July 6, 1778 ; inc. 
April 28, 1778. 

Wellesley Hills. The First Congregational Church in Wellesley 
Hills, inc. April 28, 1896 ; Congregational Church of Welles- 
ley Hills, , 1881 ; Orthodox Congregational Church of 

Grantville, Feb. 24, 1847. Wellesley Hills Corigregational So- 
ciety, inc. Mar. 11, 1885; Qrantville Religious Society in 
Wellesley, — -, 1847. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 137 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Andrew's. Si. Andrew^ Church of Wellesley, inc. June 19, 
1894. Saint Andrew's Parish, Wellesley, Mar. 22, 1892. 
Christ Episcopal Mission, , 1890. 

Unitarian — 

Wellesley Hills. Unitarian Society of Wellesley Hills, , 1885; 

inc. June 19, 1889 ; Unitarian Society of Orantville, Feb. -, 
1871 ; inc. Nov. -, 1877. 



WELLFLEET. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, Wellfleet, , 1763 ; Church in 

North Precinct of Eastham, , 1723. First Congregational 

Parish, , 1735. North Precinct of Eastham, , 1723. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Wellfleet, Dec. 4, 1833 ; inc. 
Dec. 4, 1833. Second Congregational Society of Wellfleet, 
Feb. 2, 1833 : inc. Mar. 8, 1833. 



Methodist Episcopal — 

Wellfleet. Methodist Episcopal Church of Wellfleet, , 1802 ; inc. 

, 1865. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, July -, 1874. First Universalist So- 
ciety, Jan. 7, 1840. 



WENDELL. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Nov. 20, 1774. First Congrega- 
tional Parish, July 9, 1821. The Trustees of the Ministerial 
Fund of the First Congregational Society in Wendell, inc. June 
12, 1823. 

WENHAM. 

Baptist — 
Wenham. Wenham Baptist Church, , 1831. Wenham Baptist So- 
ciety, Feb. 7, 1863 ; inc. Feb. 7, 1863. 

Congregational — 
Wenham. Congregational Church in Wenham, Dec. 10, 1663.* Con- 
gregational Parish and Society in Wenham, April -, 1833. 



WESTBOROUGH. 
Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Westborough, Oct. 5, 1814 ; inc. May 26, 
1890. First Baptist Society in Westborough, Sept. 30, 1811 ; 
inc. Dec. 6, 1816, society dissolved June 4, 1890. 

Congregational — 
Westborough. Evangelical Church of Westborough, inc. Aug. 8, 1888 ; 
Church in Westborough, Oct. 28, 1724. 

* A church organized Oct. 8, 1644, and a part removed to Chelmsford. 



138 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Westborough. Westborough Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 
1858. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Congregational Church, church dissolved. First Congre- 
gational Parish, Mar. 14, 1825. 



WEST BOYLSTON. 
Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, West Boylston, Jan. -, 1880; Baptist 
Church in West Boylston, June 23, 1818, reorganized April 6\ 
1824. First Baptist Society, Mar. 24, 1813. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, , 1808 ; Church in Second Pre- 
cinct of Boylston, Sterling and Holden, Sept. 15, 1796. First 
Congregational Parish, : , 1808. Second Precinct of Boyl- 
ston, Sterling and Holden, Dec. 7, 1792. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Oakdale. Oakdale Methodist Episcopal Church, June 12, 1855. 

West Boylston. West Boylston Methodist Episcopal Church, not long 
prior to 1858. 



WEST BRIDGEWATER. 

Baptist — 
West Bridgewater. West Bridgewater Baptist Church, Feb. 19, 1833 ; 
inc. Dec. 24, 1888. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Cochesett. Cochesett Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1841. 

Unitarian — 
West Bridgewater. Unitarian Church, , 1821 ; Church in Bridge- 
water, Feb. 18, 1664. First Congregational Society. West 
Precinct of Bridgewater, inc. Dec. 14,1723; North Precinct 
in Bridgeivater, inc. June 1, 1716.* 



WEST BROOK FIELD. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, West Brookfield, Massachusetts, 

, 1848 ; First Church of Brookfield, Nov. 17, 1717. First 

Congregational Parish of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, 

, 1848. First Precinct in the town of Brookfield, inc. Nov. 

7,1754. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
West Brookfield. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1852. 

* See First Parish in Brockton for a North Precinct incorporated June 3, 1738. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 139 



WESTFIELD. 
Baptist — 

Central. The Central Baptist Church, Westfield, Mass., , 1833, inc. 

July 28, 1891. Central Baptist Society, , 1833; inc. 

, 1890, society dissolved. 

Congregational— 
First. First Congregational Church ; Church of Westfield, Aug. 27, 
1679. First Congregational Society ; Congregational Society, 
— -, 1829. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the First 
Parish in Westfield, inc. Feb. 20, 1822 ; Trustees of the Min- 
isterial Fund in the town of Westfield, inc. Dec. 14, 1816. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, May 22, 1856. Second Con- 
gregational Society in Westfield, April 16, 1857; inc. April 
25, 1879. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1836. 

West. West Parish Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1843. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Atonement. Church of the Atonement, May 4, 1873 ; inc. Aug. 11, 1873. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, , 1887. First Universalist So- 
ciety, Mar. 2, 1853. 



WESTFORD. 
Congregational — 
Union. Union Congregational Church in Westford, Massachusetts, Dec. 
25, 1828; inc. April 9, 1892. Union Society. Proprietors 
of the Union Meeting House, , 1856. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Graniteville. Gra-niteville Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 19, 1870 ; 
inc. Feb. 19, 1870. Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
at Graniteville, Aug. 13, 1869 ; inc. May 9, 1870. 

Unitarian — 
First. Church of the First Congregational Parish in Westford ; First 
Church of Christ in Westford ; West Church in Chelmsford, 
Nov. 27, 1727. First Parish in Westford. West Precinct in 
Chelmsford, inc. Dec. 3, 1 724. 



WESTHAMPTON. 

Congregational — 
Westhampton. Church of Christ in Westhampton, Massachusetts, Sept. 
1, 1779. Westhampton Congregational Parish. 



WESTMINSTER. 

Baptist — 
Westminster. Baptist Church, , 1830. Baptist Society of West- 
minster, , 1830. 



140 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church, Westminster, , 1759 ; Church 

in Narragansett No. 2, (probably,) Oct. 20, 1742. First 
Parish. 

Universalist — 
Messiah. Church of the Messiah, Jan. 17, 1869. First Universalist 
Society in Westminster, inc. Feb. 7, 1820. 



WEST NEWBURY. 

Baptist — 
West Newbury. West Newbury Baptist Church ; First Baptist Church, 
Oct. 31, 1873. Baptist Society, , 1873. 

Congregational — 

First. First Church in West Newbury, , 1820 ; Second Church in 

Newbury, Oct. 26, 1698. First Parish in West Newbury, inc. 
Jan. 28, 1824 ; Second Parish in Newbury, , 1695. Sec- 
ond Precinct in Neivbury, inc. Nov. 2, 1711. 

Second. Second Church in West Newbury, Feb. 12, 1821 ; West Church 

in West Newbury, , 1820 ; West Church in Parsons, April 

8, 1819 ; Third Church of Newbury, Oct. 24, 1764 ; Fourth 
Church of Newbury, Sept. 1, 1731. Second Parish in West 
Neivbury, inc. June 12, 1824 ; West Parish in Parsons; 

Third Parish in Newbury ; Fourth Parish in Newbury, , 

1731. 

WESTON. 

Baptist — 
Weston. Baptist Church of Christ, July 15, 1789. First Baptist Society 
in Weston, inc. Jan. 17, 1823. 

Congregational — 
Weston. The Evangelical Congregational Church of Weston, Mass., 
Oct. 29, 1891 ; inc. Dec. 12, 1891. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Weston. Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1794; inc. about 1797. 
Trustees of the First Methodist Episcopal Society in Weston, 
inc. Feb. 28, 1829. 

Unitarian — 

First. First Church in Weston ; Church in Weston, , 1713 ; Church 

in the West or Farmer's Precinct of Watertown, , 1698. 

First Parish of Weston. West or Farmers' Precinct of Water- 
town, , 1694. 

WESTPORT. 

Congregational — 
Pacific Union. Pacific Union Congregational Church, May 31, 1858. 
Pacific Union Society, Dec. 29, 1855 ; inc. Dec. 29, 1855. Pro- 
prietors of the Pacific Union Church, inc. Aug. 25, 1856, dis- 
solved April 3, 1866, and the property transferred to the 
society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Westport Point. Westport Point Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1830. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 141 

WEST SPRINGFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Feb. 7, 1888 ; inc. Feb. 7, 1888. Home 
Chapel, Oct. 17, 1876. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Mar. -, 1774. First Parish of 
West Springfield, inc. Mar. -, 1774. West Precinct in Spring- 
field, inc. Dec. 7, 1696 ; Second Precinct or Parish in Spring- 
field, May 27, 1696. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the 
First Parish in West Springfield, inc. June 15, 1820. 

Park Street. Park Street Congregational Church, July 10, 1871. 
Park Street Congregational Society, July 19, 1871. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of West Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, Oct. 30, 1861 ; Mittineague Congregational Church, 
Jan. -, 1853 ; Congregational Church of Agawam Falls, Jan. 
10, 1850. Mittineague Congregational Society ; Mittineague 
Congregational Society of West Springfield, inc. Mar. .31, 
1884 ; Congregational Society of Agawam Falls, West 
Springfield, Oct. 21, 1850. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Mittineague. Mittineague Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. 6, 1889. 

West Springfield. West Springfield Methodist Episcopal Church, 
May 14, 1876. - 

WEST STOCKBRIDGE. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of West Stockbridge, June 4, 1789 ; 
inc. June 4, 1789. A Religious Society, inc. Feb. 25, 1794. 

Village. West Stockbridge Village Congregational Church, Dec. 25, 
1833. West Stockbridge Village Congregational Society, 
April 3, 1844. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
West Stockbridge. West Stockbridge Methodist Episcopal Church, 
— -, 1840. 

WEST TISBURY. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church, , 1833. First Baptist Society in Tis- 

bury, inc. June 23, 1804. Proprietors of the Baptist Meeting 
House, North Tisbury ; Proprietors of the New Baptist Meet- 
ing House. 

Second. Second Baptist Church, April 22, 1852. Second Baptist So- 
ciety, Feb. 11, 1847. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church in Tisbury, , 1673. First Con- 
gregational Society of West Tisbury, July 13, 1878. Westerly 
Parish in the town of Tisbury, May 10, 1796. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
West Tisbury. Methodist Episcopal Church. 



142 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



WEYMOUTH. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Weymouth, Feb. 7, 1854 ; inc. Dec. 
26, 1889. 

Congregational — 
East Weymouth. Congregational Church of East Weymouth, Mar. -, 
1852 ; First Evangelical Methodist Church of East Wey- 
mouth, Mar. 4, 1843. First Congregational Society of East 
Weymouth, June -, 1860; inc. June -, 1860; First Evan- 
gelical Methodist Society of East Weymouth, Feb. 15, 1843 ; 
inc. Feb. 15, 1843. Proprietors of the Meeting House, inc. 
Nov. 28, 1843. 

First. First Church of Christ in Weymouth, - — , 1623. First Parish, 
, 1723. 

Old South. Old South Church of Weymouth, inc. May 2, 1892 ; Sec- 
ond Congregational Church of Weymouth, Sept. 26, 1723 ; 

inc. , 1723. Old South Congregational Beligious Society 

of Weymouth, inc. April 24, 1893; Second Congregational 
Religious Society of Weymouth. South Precinct in Weymouth, 
inc. June 5, 1723. 

Pilgrim. Pilgrim Church of North Weymouth, Mar. 11, 1852. Pilgrim 
Church Society, June -, 1851. 

Union. Union Church, South Weymouth, Nov. 1, 1842. 

Weymouth and Braintree. Union Congregational Church of Wey- 
mouth and Braintree, Aug. 14, 1811. The Union Religious 
Society in the towns of Weymouth and Braintree, inc. Feb. 21, 
1811. The Proprietors of the Union Meeting House Corpora- 
tion, inc. Feb. 28,1811. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

East Weymouth. Methodist Episcopal Church, East Weymouth, , 

1823. Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Wey- 
mouth, inc. Mar. 10, 1827. 

Porter. Porter Methodist Episcopal Church of Lovell's Corner, Jan. -, 
1883; Second Methodist Episcopal Church of Weymouth, 
April -, 1879; Puritan Congregational Church of Lovell's 
Corner, Oct. 29, 1872. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Church, Weymouth, Dec. 7, 1867. Trinity Church 
Parish, Dec. 7, 1867. Society of Trinity Church, Dec. 7, 1867. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society of Weymouth, June 28, 1888 ; * First 
Unitarian Religious Society of Braintree and Weymouth, inc. 
Mar. 14, 1833. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, , 1837. First Universalist So- 
ciety, , 1837. First Universalist Parish. 

* Mar. 28, 1873 an attempt was made to form a society under the foregoing name, 
but non-compliance with the statute made the formation void, 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 143 

Universalist — Con. 
North Weymouth. Third Universalist Church in Weymouth, June 
28, 1874. Third Universalist Society of Weymouth, Nov. 19, 
1853. First Universalist Meeting House in Weymouth, inc. 
Feb. 4, 1839. 

South Weymouth. Church of Christ, July 11, 1869. Second Univer- 
salist Society, South Weymouth, Massachusetts, — -, 1848; 

inc. , 1864. Washington Meeting House Corporation, , 

1857. 

WHATELY. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Aug. 12, 1771. First Congrega- 
tional Parish. 

WHITMAN. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Whitman, Feb. 18, 1889 ; inc. Feb. 18, 
1889 ; First Baptist Church in South Abington, — -, 1855 ; 
First Baptist Church in Abington, Oct. 17, 1822 ; inc. Mar. 9, 
1884. First Baptist Society in Abington, inc. April 12, 1830, 
society dissolved July 1, 1881. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church Whitman, — -, 1886 ; Second or 
South Congregational Church, Abington, Aug. 19, 1807. The 
Union Calvinistic Society of Whitman, April 21, 1893; inc. 
May 4, 1893 ; Union Calvinistic Society in the South Part 
of Abington, Feb. 24, 1806 ; inc. Feb. 18, 1808. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Whitman. Whitman Methodist Episcopal Church ; South Abington 
Methodist Episcopal Church, Mar. 8, 1874 

Unitarian — 

First. First Unitarian Society of Whitman, , 1881 ; inc. Mar. 19, 

1887. 

WILBRAHAM. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church ; North Congregational Church, 

, 1763; Church in the Fourth Precinct in Springfield, 

June 24, 1741. North Parish of Wilbraham, inc. June 20, 

1782. 

Grace Union. Grace Union Church, Nov. 22, 1886. Grace Chapel. 
Grace Chapel Parish, Oct. 30, 1876. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Glendale. Methodist Episcopal Church of Glendale, April 25, 1868 ; 
inc. Oct. 20, 1870. 

Memorial. Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, inc. , 1867; 

Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilbraham, Aug. 29, 1832. 



WILLIAMSBURG. 

Congregational — 
Williamsburg. Church of Christ in Williamsburg, July 3, 1771. First 
Parish, Williamsburg. 



144 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — Con. 
Haydenville. Haydenville Congregational Church, Jan. 24, 1851. So- 
ciety of the Haydenville Church, Mar. 19, 1849 ; inc. Mar. 19, 
1849. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Williamsburg. Methodist Episcopal Church of Williamsburg, , 

1827. 

WILLIAMSTOWN. 

Baptist — 
Williamstown. Baptist Church, , 1814. Meeting House Corpora- 
tion in Williamstown, inc. Mar. 8, 1806. 

Congregational — 
College. Church of Christ in Williams College, June 15, 1834. 

First. First Congregational Church of Williamstown, Mar. -, 1765. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, April 20, 1836.* Second Con- 
gregational Society , 1836. 

White Oaks. The Albert Hopkins White Oaks Chapel Association, April 
1889, inc. May 23, 1889. Church of Christ in the White 
Oaks, Dec. 20, 1868 ; inc. April -, 1889. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Williamstown. Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. 22, 1855. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. St. John's Parish of Williamstown, Mass., inc. May 18> 
1895. 

WILMINGTON. 
Congregational — 
Wilmington. Congregational Church in Wilmington, Nov. 23, 1887 ; 
inc. Nov. 23, 1887 ; First Church of Christ in Wilmington, 
Sept. 4, 1884 ; Church of Christ in Wilmington, Oct. 24, 1733. 
First Religious Society in Wilmington, inc. April 4, 1834. 
North East Part of Woburn and Westerly part of Beading a 
parish, inc. Sept. 17, 1730. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington, Mar. 19, 1882 ; 
inc. Jan. 29, 1883. 



WINCHENDON. 

Baptist — 
Village. Winchendon Village Baptist Church, April 27, 1848. Baptist 
Society in Winchendon Village, Dec. 2, 1848. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Dec. 15, 1762. First Parish, Win- 
chendon, Mar. -, 1826. 

North. North Congregational Church, Dec. 7, 1843. 

♦Baptist in 1791, 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 145 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Winchendon. Methodist Episcopal Church of Winchendon, , 1800. 

Unitarian — 
Unity. Church of the Unity. Society of the Church of the Unity, Aug. 
2, 1866 ; Third Congregational Society, Jan. 17, 1852. 



WINCHESTER. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Church of Winchester, Aug. 18, 1852 ; inc. 
July 28, 1890. First Baptist Parish, parish dissolved. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church in Winchester, , 1856 ; South 

Woburn Congregational Church, Nov. 19, 1840. First Con- 
gregational Society of Winchester, Mar. 11, 1856 ; inc. Feb. 9, 
1856; South Congregational Society of Woburn, June 1, 
1840. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Winchester. Methodist Episcopal Church, April 25, 1872. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Epiphany. Church of the Epiphany. Parish of the Epiphany, Win- 
chester, Massachusetts, April 10, 1888 ; inc. April 10, 1888. 

Unitarian — 
Winchester. Winchester Unitarian Church. The Winchester Unita- 
rian Society, Dec. 5, 1865 ; inc. Nov. 29, 1865. 



WINDSOR. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Windsor, Mar. 25, 1773. First 
Congregational Parish in Windsor, Jan. 25, 1823 ; inc. Jan. 
25, 1823. 

WINTHROP. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Winthrop, , 1871 ; inc. , 1871. 

Congregational — 
Union. Union Congregational Church of Winthrop, inc. Oct. 1, 1896. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Winthrop. Methodist Episcopal Church of Winthrop, — -, 1852 ; 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Chelsea Point, reorganized 

, 1827. Methodist Society in the town of Winthrop, inc. 

Feb. 27, 1811. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint John's. Saint John's Church, , 1885. 

Unitarian— 
First. First Unitarian Church of Winthrop, Mar. 28, 1893 ; inc. Mar. 
28, 1893. Winthrop Unitarian Association, Feb. 15, 1887 ; 
inc. Feb. 15, 1887. 



146 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



WOBURN. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church in Woburn, , 1798; inc. April 21, 

1857 ; The Cambridge and Woburn Baptist Church, , 

1795 ; Baptist Church in Cambridge, June 14, 1781. The 
First Baptist Society in Woburn, Oct. 3, 1811 ; inc. June 21, 
1811. Proprietors of the New Baptist Meeting House in 
Woburn, inc. Mar. 4, 1831. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Baptist Church, Woburn, July 26, 1887; 
inc. Oct. 19, 1896. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church, Woburn, Aug. 24, 1642. First Congregational 
Parish in Woburn, inc. Dec. 14, 1816; First Parish in 
Woburn, — -, 1642. The Trustees of Woburn Ministerial 
Fund, inc. Feb. 24, 1810. 

Montvale. Montvale Congregational Church, Oct. 1,1892; inc. Nov. 
-, 1893. 

North. North Congregational Church, Nov. 22, 1849. North Congre- 
gational Parish, Mar. 1, 1849. 

Scandinavian. Scandinavian Evangelical Free Church, June 2, 1884 ; 
inc. June 27, 1891. Scandinavian Society of Woburn. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Woburn. Woburn Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1850. Trustees 

of the Woburn Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, inc. 
April 11, 1879. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Parish, April 22, 1867. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Society in Woburn, April 10, 1852 ; inc. June 
12, I860* 

WORCESTER. 

Baptist — 
Adams Square. Adams Square Baptist Church, Sept. 26, 1889 ; inc. 
Jan. 18, 1890. 

Dewey Street. Dewey Street Baptist Church, July 8, 1872 ; inc. Sept. 
18, 1879. 

First. First Baptist Church, Dec. 9, 1812. First Baptist Society in 
Worcester, inc. June 18,1819. Proprietors of the Elm Street 
Baptist Meeting House in Worcester, inc. April 9, 1836. 

First Swedish. First Swedish Baptist Church of Worcester, Nov. 17, 
1880 ; inc. Feb. 28, 1889. 

John Street. John Street Baptist Church, , 1891 ; Mount Olive 

Baptist Church, , 1885 ; inc. June 6, 1888. 

Lincoln Square. Lincoln Square Baptist Church, April 1, 1882. 

Main Street. Main Street Baptist Church, May -, 1883 ; inc. May -, 
1883 ; Third Baptist Church, Mar. 6, 1853, parish dissolved 
May 1883. 

* A Society organized April 8, 1847, soon dissolved. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 147 

Baptist — Con. 
Pleasant Street. Pleasant Street Baptist Church, Dec. 28, 1841 ; Sec- 
ond Baptist Church. 

South. South Baptist Church, Oct. 28, 1886. 

Congregational — 

Armenian. Armenian Congregational Church of Worcester, , 1892. 

Armenian Congregational Society, , 1892. 

Belmont. Belmont Church, Jan, 26, 1890 ; inc. Feb. 14, 1890. 

Bethany. Bethany Congregational Church of Worcester, Mass., Dec. 30, 
1891 ; inc. Jan. 6, 1892. 

Central. The Calvinistic Church, Aug. 17, 1820. The Central Society 
in Worcester, , 1879 ; inc. Mar. 10, 1879 ; Calvinistic So- 
ciety in Worcester, April 3, 1822 ; inc. Feb. 8, 1825. Trus- 
tees of the Parochial Funds of the Central Society in Worcester, 
inc. Mar. 10,1879 ; Trustees of the Parochial Funds of the 
Calvinistic Society in Worcester, inc. Feb. 2,1827. 

Covenant. The Church of the Covenant, Dec. -, 1885 ; inc. April 30, 
1890. 

First. First Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, , 1719. First 

Parish, , 1717. 

Hope. The Hope Congregational Church of Worcester, Dec. -, 1889 ; 
inc. Mar. 25, 1890. 

Immanuel. Immanuel Church of Worcester, June 8, 1893 ; inc. July 30, 
1895. 

Lake View. The Lake View Congregational Church, , 1890 ; inc. 

Nov. 10,1891. 

Park. Park Congregational Church of Worcester, Feb. 24, 1887 ; inc. 
Jan. 17,1888. 

Piedmont. Piedmont Congregational Church, — -, 1872 ; inc. , 

1872. Piedmont Society, — - , 1872 ; inc. , 1872. 

Pilgrim. Pilgrim Church, Mar. 19, 1885. Pilgrim Congregational So- 
ciety, April -, 1885. 

Plymouth. Plymouth Congregational Church, July 7, 1869. Plymouth 
Congregational Society of Worcester, May 28, 1869 ; Sixth 
Congregational Society, May 8, 1869. 

Salem Street. Salem Street Church, June 14, 1848 ; Fourth Orthodox 
Congregational Church. Salem Street Society, July 24, 1848 ; 
inc. July 24, 1848. 

Summer Street. Mission Chapel Church, , 1865. 

Swedish. First Swedish Evangelical Congregational Church in Worces- 
ter, Mass., inc. Jan. 23, 1895 ; Swedish Evangelical Congre- 
gational Church, Aug. 25, 1880 ; inc. Dec. 23, 1881. Swedish 
Evangelical Congregational Society, Dec. 23, 1881 ; inc. Jan. 
14, 1882. 

Second Swedish. Second Swedish Evangelical Congregational Church 
in Worcester, inc. Nov. 29, 1895. 

Union. Union Church, Feb. 3, 1836. Union Congregational Society. 
Proprietors of the Union Meeting House in Worcester, inc. 
Mar. 11,1835. 



148 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Coral Street. Coral Street Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 
May 8, 1872. 

First Swedish. First Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1883. 

Grace. Grace Methodist Episcopal Church of Worcester, , 1887 ; 

inc. Mar. 24, 1887 ; The Grace Methodist Episcopal Free 

Church of Worcester, , 1878; inc. May 15, 1878 ; Grace 

Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1871 ; The Main Street 

Methodist Episcopal Church of Worcester, , 1867. 

Lakeview. Lakeview Methodist Episcopal Church, Feb. 12, 1894. 

Laurel Street. Laurel Street Methodist Episcopal Church, July 20, 
1895 ; inc. July 20, 1895. 

Park Avenue. Park Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, Dec. 4, 1893. 

Trinity. Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, May 20, 1880 ; inc. May 
20, 1880 ; Park Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1834. 

Webster Square. Webster Square Methodist Episcopal Church, Apr. -, 
1860. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
All Saints'. All Saints 1 Church, July 21, 1843. Proprietors of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in Worcester, inc. April 8,1836. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Parish, Worcester, Mass., Sept. 18, 1884 ; 
. inc. Sept. 18, 1884. 

Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Protestant Episcopal Church. 

Saint Matthew's. Parish of Saint Matthew's Church, Mar. 16, 1883. 
Rector, Wardens, and Vestrymen of Saint Matthew's Church, 
May 5, 1874. 

Saint Sigfrid's. Saint Sigfrid's Protestant Episcopal Church. 

Unitarian — 
First. Second Congregational Church, Mar. -, 1785. Second Parish 
in the Town of Worcester, Nov. 13, 1787 ; inc. Nov. 13, 1787. 

South. The South Unitarian Congregational Society of Worcester, inc. 
July 3, 1890. 

Unity. Church of the Unity, Feb. 7, 1846. Second Unitarian Society 
in Worcester, Aug. 25, 1844 ; inc. Nov. 27, 1845. 

Universalist — 
All Souls'. All Souls' Church. All Souls' Universalist Parish, Oct. 
13, 1884. 

First. First Universalist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, Nov. 21, 
1843. Proprietors of the First Universalist Meeting House 
in Worcester, inc. Mar. 23, 1843. 



WORTHINGTON. 
Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Worthington, April 1, 1771. First 
Congregational Society, Mar. 13, 1865. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
South Worthington. South Worthington Methodist Episcopal Church, 
— -, 1828. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 149 

Methodist Episcopal — Con. 
West Wokthington. Methodist Episcopal Church of West Worth- 
ington, Jan. 20, 1849. 

WRENTHAM. 

Congregational — 
First. The Church in Wrentham, April 13, 1692. The Congregational 
Society in Wrentham, inc. Feb. 21, 1799. 

Union. Union Congregational Church in Plainville, inc. Mar. 11, 1886 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Rector, Church Wardens, and Vestrymen of Trinity Church, 
Wrentham, June 6, 1864 ; inc. June 6, 1864. 

Universalist — 
West Wrentham. West Wrentham Universalist Church. 



YARMOUTH. 

Baptist — 
South Yarmouth. First Baptist Church, South Yarmouth, , 1824. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, Mass., inc. Sept. 23, 
1891 ; Church in Yarmouth, Nov. 3, 1639. First Congrega- 
tional Parish. 

West Yarmouth. West Yarmouth Church; South Congregational 
Church, Sept. 27, 1840. West Yarmouth Congregational So- 
ciety ; South Congregational Society, Jan. 22, 1847. West 
Precinct in Yarmouth, inc. June 27, 1722. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

South Yarmouth. South Yarmouth Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1835 ; inc. , 1844. 

Yarmouthport. Yarmouthport Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 
1819. 



Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, , 1871. First Uni- 
versalist Society of Yarmouth, Nov. ~, 1836. 



150 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



Part II. 



Extinct Organizations. 

Following is presented the name of every extinct church, and 
of every parish, society, or body of meeting-house owners in the 
Commonwealth, formerly connected with any extinct organization 
known under the common title of church, that has been reported 
or ascertained to have existed. 

In this presentation the names are given alphabetically by de- 
nominations, under the name of each town, followed by unde- 
nominational organizations and those where the denomination is 
unknown. The time of the dissolution of an organization, and the 
name of any in which it was merged, or with which it united to 
form another, is given when possible. In a few cases where an 
organization was better known under the name of the pastor than 
by its name the pastor's name is given. Otherwise the form of 
presentation is the same as in Part I. 

An asterisk (*) indicates that a part or all of the records are 
in possession of the city or town clerk, as required by law. 



ABINGTON 
Second Advent — 
Abinoton. Second Advent Church* 



ACTON. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church* prior to 1738, dissolved in 1850. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Acton. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1842, dissolved soon after. 

Universalist — 
First. The First Universalist Society in Acton, Jan. 19, 181G ; inc. Jan. 
27, 1825, dissolved about 1850. 



ADAMS. 

Baptist — 
Adams. Baj)tist Church, , 177G. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 151 



Congregational — 
Adams. Congregational Church, , 1776. 



ALFORD. 
Congregational — 
Alford. Congregational Church in Alford, — , 1779, dissolved before 
1846. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Alford. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1794. 



AMESBURY. 
Congregational — 
Sandy Hill. First Church in Amesbury, probably 1668, dissolved in 
1847. East Parish in Amesbury, dissolved in 1835. East 
Precinct in Amesbury, inc. May 29, 1725. 

Presbyterian — 
Presbyterian Society of Amesbury, May 20, 1783. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Amesbury. Protestant Episcopal Church, about 1712. 

King George the Third's Chapel. King George the Third's Chapel, 
, 1771, dissolved in 1778. 

Unitarian — 
Amesbury Mills. Amesbury Mills Unitarian Church, June 22, 1828. 

Universalist — 
Amesbury. Universalist Church? 



ANDOVER. 

Baptist - 
Andover. Baptist Church, Sept. 21, 1832, dissolved Dec. 9, 1857. First 
Baptist Society in Andover, Oct. 10, 1832; inc. Feb. 21, 
1834, dissolved Oct. 9, 1876. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Andover. Met in "Bank Hall," , 1830, dissolved in 1840. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Society in Andover, , 1837 ; inc. Mar. 8, 

1838. 

ARLINGTON. 

Universalist — 

Second. Second Universalist Church in West Cambridge, , 1841, 

united with the Unitarian May 29, 1847. 



A S H B U R N H A M . 
Free Baptist — 
Ashburnham. Freewill Baptist Church, 1834, dissolved Feb. 21, 1843. 

1 There are records from Aug 23, 1846. 



152 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Ashburnham. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1800, dissolved in 

1833. 

ASHBY. 

Calvinistic Congregational — 
Ashby. Calvinistic Congregational Society, Oct. 27, 1819, dissolved 
June 17, 1885. 

ASHFIELD. 

Baptist — 

First. First Baptist Church in Ashfield, , 1765, dissolved in 1849 ; 

Baptist Church in Huntstown, July 2, 1761. The United Bap- 
tist Church and Society in Ashfield and Buckland, inc. Feb. 
26, 1800. 

Second. Second Baptist Church, June 3, 1830, dissolved about 1841. 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Church, June 13, 1855. 

Universalist — 
Ashfield. Universalist Church, Dec. 11, 1841. 



ASHLAND. 

Universalist — 
Ashland. First Universalist Society in Ashland, May 13, 1871. 

ATTLEBOROUGH. 
Congregational — 
East. East Church in Attleborough, dissolved in 1848. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Attleborough. Methodist Episcopal Church and Society of North 
Attleborough, dissolved in 1839. 

Denomination Unknown — 
Trinity. Trinity Church. 

AUBURN. 

Baptist — 
West Auburn. Baptist Church of West Auburn,* Feb. 9, 1815, dis- 
solved in 1837. 

AVON. 

Baptist — 

Avon. Baptist Church in Stoughton, Aug. 24, 1780. The Trustees of 

the First Baptist Church and Society in Stoughton, inc. June 

16, 1831. Trustees of the Ministerial Fund of the First 

Baptist Church and Society in Randolph, inc. Feb. 21, 1827. 



BARNSTABLE. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hyannis. Methodist Episcopal Church of Hyannis. 

Marston's Mills. Marston's Mills Methodist Episcopal Church. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 153 



Wesleyan Methodist — 
Hyannis. Wesleyan Church of Hyannis. 

Separatist — 
Barnstable. Separatist Church. 



BARRE. 

Universalist — 
Barre. Universalist Church,, before 1821. 



BELCHERTOWN. 

Congregational — 
Brainerd. Brainerd Church, Sept. 30, 1834, reunited with the First 
Church, Aug. 31, 1841. Brainerd Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
South Belchertown. South Belchertown Methodist Episcopal Church,* 
, 1816, dissolved in 1869. 



BELLINGHAM. 
Congregational — 

Bellingham. Congregational Church, , 1727, dissolved in 1774. 

First Congregational Society in Bellingham,* Feb. 9, 1821, 
dissolved Aug. 7, 1824. The Parish in Bellingham, April 30, 
1825. 1 

BERKLEY. 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, Sept. -, 1848. 



BERLIN. 

Unitarian — 
Berlin. Church of Christ in Berlin, dissolved in 1843 ; Congregational 
Church in the South Parish in Bolton, April 7, 1779. First 
Congregational Society in Berlin, dissolved in 1843. South 
Parish in Bolton, inc. April 13, 1778. 



BERNARDSTON. 

Baptist — 
Bernardston. Baptist Church, , 1789. 

Universalist — 

Bernardston. Universalist Church, , 1872, dissolved April 8, 1890. 

First Universalist Society in Bernardston, May 17, 1823 ; inc. 
Feb. 7, 1824 ; First Restoration Society in Bernardston, June 
19, 1820. 

BEVERLY. 

Congregational — 
Fourth. Fourth Congregational Church; Trinitarian Church in the 
North Parish, Sept. 1, 1834, merged in the Second Church. 

i The last record is Mar. 12, 1827. 



154 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



BILLERICA. 

Universalist — 
Billerica. Universalist Church. Universalist Society, Jan. 10, 1842. 



BLANDFORD. 
Baptist — 
Blandford. Baptist Church, about 1826, dissolved in 1848. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Beech Hill. Beech Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1754. 

North Blandford. North Blandford Methodist Episcopal Church, 
about 1845, dissolved since 1879. 

Presbyterian — 
Blandford. Presbyterian Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Blandford. Protestant Episcopal Church, about 1830, dissolved about 
1855. The Protestant Episcopal Society in Blandford* inc. 
Feb. 2, 1799. 

BOLTON. 

Congregational — 
Hillside. Hillside Church* Mar. 17, 1830. 



BOSTON. 

Baptist — 
Charles Street. Charles Street Baptist Church, Aug. 5, 1807. 1 
Charles Street Baptist Society, inc. Feb. 20, 1829, dissolution 
authorized June 6, 1889. 

North Baptist. North Baptist Church, , 1835, dissolved about 1840. 

Tremont Street. Tremont Street Baptist Church, , 1844, dissolved 

by 1864 ; First Baptist Free Church, , 1839. 

Union. Union Baptist Church, Merrimack Street, Feb. 21, 1845. 

Congregational — 

Bowdoin Street. Bowdoin Street Church, , 1831; dissolved in 

1861 ; Hanover Street Church, July 18, 1825. Bowdoin Street 
Congregational Society, inc. Mar. 19, 1831. 

Chamber's Street. Chamber's Street Church, Dec. 4, 1861, merged in 
the Mount Vernon Congregational Church in 1879.' 2 

Edward's. Edward's Church, Feb. 1, 1849, dissolved in 1853. 

Free Church. Free Church, Marlborough Chapel, , 1836, dissolved 

in 1842. Marlborough Chapel in Boston, inc. April 8, 1836. 

Garden Street. Garden Street Church, 2 July 21, 1841, united with 
the Green Street and formed the Messiah Church, now extinct. 

1 The Third in order of formation. 

2 Supplied by pastors from the Old South until 1873. 

3 Rev. William R. Chapman's. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 155 

Congregational — Con. 
Green Street. Green Street Church, Dec. 30, 1823, united with the 
Garden Street and formed the Messiah church, now extinct ; 
Congregational Church and Society of Green Street in Boston, 
inc. June 20,1826; Congregational Church and Society of 
Pitts' Street in Boston, inc. June 18, 1825. 

Leyden. Leyden Church, Feb. 7, 1844, dissolved in 1846. Proprietors 
of Ley den Chapel, inc. Jan. 24, 1845. 

Mariner's. Mariner's Church, Jan. 20, 1830, united with the Salem 
Church, Jan. 27, 1871. 

Messiah. Messiah Church? July -, 1844, dissolved in 1846. 

New Brick. New Brick Church, Nov. 14, 1720, united with the Second 
Church, June 27, 1779. Proprietors of the New Brick Meeting 
House in Boston. 

Oak Place. Oak Place Church, June 21, 1860, merged in the First 
Presbyterian. 

Pilgrim's. Church of the Pilgrims, July 1, 1844, dissolved in 1852. 
The Pilgrim Congregational Society in Boston, inc. April 3, 
1846. 

Salem. Salem Church, Sept. 2, 1827, united with Mariner's Church 
Jan. 27, 1871. Salem Street Congregational Society, Jan. 27, 
1835 ; inc. Feb. 16, 1833, dissolved June 5, 1867. 

Salem and Mariner's. Salem and Mariner's Church, Jan. 27, 1871, 
dissolved Nov. 21, 1879. 

Samuel Mather's. Samuel Mather's Church, May 9, 1742, dissolved 
June 2, 1785. 

School Street. School Street Church, 2 Feb. 17, 1748, dissolved April 

12, 1785. 

Friends — 
Friends. Boston Meeting, , 1664, dissolved in 1808. 

Independent — 
First Irish. First Independent Irish Protestant Church, , 1846. 

New England. New England Church? Sept. -, 1875, dissolved June -, 
1878. 



Jewish — 
Beth Abraham. Beth Abraham Congregation, united with Shomrai 
Shaboth to form Shomrai Beth Abraham. 

Shomrai Shaboth. Shomrai Shaboth Congregation, united with Beth 
Abraham to form Shomrai Beth Abraham. 



Methodist Episcopal — 

Richmond Street. Richmond Street Church, , 1842, united with 

the First Methodist Episcopal in 1849. 

North Russell Street. North Russell Street Church, — -, 1837, 
united with the First Methodist Episcopal in 1873. 

1 Rev. William Jenks's. 2 Rev. Andrew Croswell's. a Rev. W. H. H. Murray's. 



156 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Protestant Episcopal — 

Grace. Grace Church in the City of Boston, , 1830 ; inc. Mar. 4, 

1835, dissolved in 1864. 

Saint Mark's. Saint Mark's Protestant Episcopal Church, 1851, 

dissolved in 1885. 

Saint Mary's. Free Church of Saint Mary's for Sailors, about 1843. 

Saint Stephen's. Saint Stephen's Protestant Episcopal Church, about 
, 1841, dissolved Nov. 9, 1872. 

Sandemanian — 
Sandemanian. Sandemanian Society, , 1764, dissolved about 1823. 1 

Unitarian — 
Brattle Square. Church in Brattle Square, Dec. 12, 1698. Brattle 
Street Society. Proprietors of the Church in Brattle Square, 
inc. Feb. 13, 1822. 

Bulfinch Street. First Restoration Church, 2 dissolved in 1863 ; Bul- 
finch Street Church* May 2, 1823. Bulfinch Street Society, 3 
inc. April 17, 1838; Central Universalist Society in the 
City of Boston, inc. Jan. 21, 1823. 

Hollis Street. Hollis Street Church, 4 Jan. 21, 1730; inc. Feb. 14, 
1884. Proprietors of the Meeting House in Hollis Street, inc. 
Mar. 4, 1809. 

Indiana Street. Indiana Street Church, 5 — -, 1845, merged in the 
Church of the Disciples about 1856. 

New North. New North Church* May 5, 1714. Members of the New 
North Society in the town of Boston, inc. June 22, 1803, so- 
ciety dissolved Nov. 6, 1884. 

Saviour. Church of the Saviour, 6 , 1845, united with the Second 

Church in 1863. 

Suffolk Street. Suffolk Street Unitarian Chapel, 1 Oct. 29, 1837. 

Thirteenth. Thirteenth Congregational Church in the City of Boston? 
inc. Mar. 22, 1828, dissolved soon after 1858 ; Congrega- 
tional Church in Purchase Street in the City of Boston, , 

1825 ; inc. June 18, 1825. 

Twelfth. Twelfth Congregational Church* Q Jan. 28, 1825 ; Chambers 
Street Church. Twelfth Congregational Society in the City of 
Boston, inc. June 14, 1823, dissolved Mar. 5, 1863. 

Twenty-Eighth. Twenty-Eighth Congregational Society in Boston, 
installation Jan. 4, 1846, dissolved in 1888. Society at the 
Melodeon. 

West. West Church, Jan. 3, 1737. West Boston Society, inc. Mar. 7, 
1806, not legally dissolved. 

1 Building located at first near the mill pond ; later in the rear of Middle Street. 

2 So called in the records from 1836 to 1843. 

3 Originally Universalist. 

4 Not legally dissolved. Congregation merged in the South Congregational So- 
ciety, Oct. -, 1887. 

r - Rev. Thomas B. Fox's. 8 Rev. George Ripley's. 

6 Rev. Robert C. Waterston's. 9 Rev. Samuel Barrett's. 

7 Rev. John T. Sargent's. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 157 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church* about 1784, dissolved May 29, 18G4 ; 
Fifth Universalist Church, July 27, 1837. First Universalist 
Society in Boston, inc. Mar. 8, 1806, dissolved July 25, 1864; 
Fifth Universalist Society, Jan. 10, 1836 ; inc. Mar. 16, 1838, 
united with the Church oi' the Paternity. 

Paternity. Church of the Paternity, Mar. 22, 1859, united with the 
Fifth Universalist. Proprietors of the Church of the Paternity, 
inc. Mar. 7, 1859. 



Charlestown. 
Baptist — 
Charlestown. " A Baptist Church," , 1809, dissolved in 1823. 

High Street. High Street Baptist Church, , 1845, dissolved by 

1863; Monument Square Baptist Church, April 22, 1844. 
Proprietors of the High Street Baptist Meeting House, July 
22, 1845. 



Congregational — 
Bethesda. Bethesda Church, Feb. 10, 1847, dissolved in 1849. Bethesda 
Parish. 

Dorchester. 
Congregational — 
Neponset. Neponset Church, Mar. 27, 1845, dissolved in 1859. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Howard Avenue. Howard Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1876, dissolved in 1888. 

Universalist — 
Dorchester. A church, about 1837. 

Saint John's. Saint John's Church. The Saint John's Universalist 
Parish in Dorchester, Mar 15, 1876, dissolved May 6, 1887. 
Dorchester Universalist Society, May 13, 1873. 



East Boston. 
Protestant Episcopal — 
Carpenter. Church of the Carpenter, , 1892, dissolved in 1895. 



ROXBURY. 

Baptist — 
Tabernacle. Tabernacle Baptist Church, , 1873, dissolved in 1877. 

Tremont Street. Tremont Baptist Church, , 1845, dissolved in 

1866. 

Free Baptist— 

Freewill. Roxbury Freewill Baptist Church, , 1842, dissolved in 

1854. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Ruggles Street. Ruggles Street Methodist Episcopal Church, — -, 
1869, dissolved about 1885. 



158 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



South Boston. 
Congregational — 
E Street. E Street Society, , 1861, dissolved in 1885. 

Payson. Payson Church, July 16, 1845, merged in the E Street Congre- 
gational, Mar. 21, 1860. 

Unity. Church of the Unity, Oct. 14, 1857. 



BOURNE. 
Congregational — 
Monument. Monument Church* July 9, 1883. District Parish, Feb. 
25, 1818 ; Pocasset Parish. Second Precinct in Sandwich, 
, 1772. 

Methodist Protestant — 
Pocasset. Methodist Protestant Church* , 1852. 



BOXBOROUGH. 

Congregational — 
Boxborough. Congregational Church, April 29, 1784. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Harvard and Boxborough. Harvard and Boxborough Methodist 
Episcopal Society, about 1810, removed to Harvard and dis- 
solved in 1843. 



Universalist — 
Boxborough. Universalist Church, May 12, 1829, dissolved about 1850. 



BOXFORD. 

Congregational — 
Third. Third Congregational Church. Third Congregational Society, 
April 9, 1824, dissolved April 29, 1834. 



BOYLSTON. 

Unitarian — 
First. Unitarian Church, June 22, 1825. First Unitarian Congrega- 
tional Society in Boylston, inc. Feb. 21, 1834. 



BRAINTREE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church. 

Second. Second Baptist Church. 



BREWSTER. 

Wesley an Methodist — 
First. First Wesleyan Methodist Church. Fi?*st Wesleyan Methodist 
Society in Brewster, inc. Mar. 7, 1845; First Reformed 
Methodist Society in Brewster. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 159 



BRIM FIELD. 

United Brethren — 
West Brimfield. West Brimlield Church, — -, 1856. 

Denomination Unknown — 
East Brimfield. East Brimfield Church, July 25, 1869. 



BROCKTON. 

Baptist — 
North Bridgewater. Baptist Church, , 1850. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Unitarian Church. Second Congregational Society in the town 
of North Bridgewater* Aug. 15, 1825, inc. June 18, 1825. 
Proprietors of the Second Congregational Meeting House in 
North Bridgewater, July -, 1837. 

Universalist — 
Disciples. Church of the Disciples, , 1858. 



BROOKFIELD. 

Methodist Episcopal — v 

East Brookfield. East Brookfield Methodist Episcopal Church, , 

1865. 

Universalist — 
Brookfield. Universalist Society of Western and Brookfield, inc. June 

19, 1819 ; Second Universalist Society, , 1819 ; dissolved 

in 1846. 

BUCKLAND. 

Baptist — 
Buckland. Baptist Church, Nov. 21, 1828. 



CAMBRIDGE. 

Baptist — 
Cambridge. Baptist Church, April 24, 1751. 

Congregational — 
East Cambridge. East Cambridge Evangelical Congregational Church, 
Sept. 8, 1842, dissolved Sept. 8, 1876. East Cambridge Evan- 
gelical Congregational Society, July 2, 1842, dissolved Oct. 2, 

1876. 

Second. Second Congregational Church* Mar. 10, 1842, dissolved Oct. 
3, 1865. 

Unitarian — 
Axlen Street. Allen Street Congregational Church, Oct. 8, 1851, united 
with the Universalist in 1869. 

Cambridgeport. Unitarian Church, July 4, 1809, dissolved in 1885. 
The Cambridge Port Parish, Mar. 24, 1808, inc. Mar. 1,1808, 
dissolved June 15, 1885. The Cambridge Port Meeting House 
Corporation, inc. June 15, 1805. 



160 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — Con. 
Lee Street. Lee Street Church, Sept. 7, 1846, merged in the Third 
Congregational Society in 1885. 

CANTON. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Canton. Protestant Episcopal Church. 



CHARLEMONT. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Sept. -, 1767, dissolved April 15, 

1785. 

Unitarian — 
Charlemont. Independent Congregational Society, Mar. -, 1825, dis- 
solved July 27, 1869. 



CHARLTON. 

Baptist — 
Anabaptist. Anabaptist Church and Society, organized in Spencer 
July 13, 1762 and removed to Charlton in 1773. The First 
Baptist Society in Charlton, inc. Mar. 9, 1804. 

North Side. North Side Baptist Church, July -, 1762, dissolved in 1837. 

Undenominational — 

Second. Second Religious Society in Charlton, , 1801, dissolved in 

1817. 

Unitarian — 
Charlton. Unitarian Church and Society, , 1827, dissolved in 1831. 



CHATHAM. 

Congregational — 
Chatham. Congregational Church* , 1720, dissolved in 1869. 

CHELSEA. 

Congregational — 
Plymouth. Plymouth Church, Jan. 7, 1857. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Broadway. Broadway Church. 

Saint Andrew's. Saint Andrew's Church in Chelsea, inc. Mar. 7, 
1859. 

CHESHIRE. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, , 1799. 

Pork Lane. First Lanesborough Baptist Church, Sept. 21, 1771, dis- 
solved before 1800. 

Stafford's Hill. Stafford's Hill Baptist Church, united with the Third 
Baptist Church. Mar. 6, 1834 ; First Baptist Church in Adams ; 
First Baptist Church in New Providence, Aug. 28, 1769. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 161 



CHESTER. 

Baptist — 

Chester. Baptist Church, , 1812. The Baptist and Independent 

Society in Chester, inc. Feb. 26, 1811. 



CHESTERFIELD. 

Free Baptist — 
Liberal. First Liberal Baptist Society of Chesterfield,* , 1825, dis- 
solved since 1879. 



CHICOPEE. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Chicopee. Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1825, dissolved since 1879. 

Second Advent — 
Second Advent. Second Advent Church, , 1870, dissolved in 1879. 

Universalist — 
First. Universalist Church, Oct. 20, 1840. First Universalist Society 
in Chicopee, Feb. 27, 1835 ; inc. May 4, 1853 ; First Univer- 
salist Society in Cabotville in the town of Springfield. 

Denomination Unknown — 
Church. Nov. 1, 1800. 

CHILMARK. 

Congregational — 
Chilmark. Congregational Church, , 1700, dissolved in 1893. 



CONCORD. 

Congregational — 
West. West Church, Dec. 12, 1745, dissolved about 1759. 

Universalist — 
Concord. Universalist Church, Dec. 29, 1838, dissolved April 9, 1852. 

Denomination Unknown — 
A society, Mar. 22, 1733. 



CUMMINGTON. 

Baptist — 
Cummington. Baptist Church, , 1821. 

Congregational— 
First. First Congregational Church in Cummington, July 7, 1779. First 
Congregational Society* dissolved July 21, 1834. 

Windsor Bush. Windsor Bush Church, Sept. 20, 1840. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Cummington. Methodist Episcopal Church*- , 1818. 



162 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



DANA. 

Baptist — 
Dana. Baptist Church, dissolved June 19, 1839. 

Congregational — 

Dana. Evangelical Church at Storrsville, , 1832, dissolved in 1852. 

Evangelical Society at Storrsville. 



DARTMOUTH. 

Baptist — 
South Dartmouth. Baptist Church, South Dartmouth, June 2, 1781. 



DEDHAM. 
Unitarian — 
Dedham. Unitarian Church, Oct. 29, 1818. 



DEERFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Christ of Sheltaurne and Deerfield, Feb. 
26, 1787. First Baptist Society in Deerfield, Mar. 25, 1833, 
dissolved by vote Feb. 20, 1834. 1 

Second. Second Baptist Society in Deerfield ; Congregational Baptist 
Society of Deerfield, Nov. 25, 1823. 2 

Congregational — 
Monument. Monument Church, Jan. 25, 1849, reunited with the Second 
church Sept. 26, 1865. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Deereield. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1843. 



DENNIS. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church, Mar. 4, 1829 ; Second Congrega- 
tional Church of Yarmouth. East Precinct in Yarmouth, inc. 
June 27, 1722. 

North. North Church in Dennis, ,1727. A Religious Society, inc. 

June 27,1798. 

Universalist — 
South Dennis. South Dennis Universalist Church. 

Wesleyan — 
Dennis. Wesleyan Church. 



DOUGLAS 

Denomination Unknown — 
A Church. 



1 A council decided in June 1834 that it was not dissolved. 

2 First and Second united about 1830. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 163 

DUDLEY. 



Baptist — 
Dudley. Baptist Church, , 1744. 

Dudley. Baptist Church, May 5, 1775. 

Dudley. Baptist Church, , 1798. 

Universalist — 
Dudley. Universalist Church, May 9, 1829. 



DUNSTABLE 

Unitarian — 
Dunstable. Unitarian Church, , 1830. 



DUXBURY. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Duxbury. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Duxbury, inc. June 20, 1826. 



EAST BRIDGEWATER. 
Congregational — 
East Bridgewater. Trinitarian Church in East Bridgewater,* Nov. 
14, 1849. Trinitarian Congregational Society of East Bridge- 
water, Nov. 14, 1849. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Northville. Northville Methodist Episcopal Church,* about 1849, dis- 
solved about 1860. South Abington Mission. 

Methodist Protestant — 
Satucket. Satucket Church, Feb. 25, 1843, dissolved soon after 1849. 



Universalist — 
First. Universalist Church. First Universalist Society in East Bridge- 
water, , 1834, dissolved in 1857. 



EASTON. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Washington Street. Washington Street Church, , 1795. First 

Methodist Episcopal Society, dissolved since 1885. 

Unitarian — 
Easton. Unitarian Church, , 1840. 



EGREMONT. 

Congregational — 
Egremont. Congregational Church, Feb. 20, 1770, dissolved in 1814. 



164 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AXD 



ERVING. 

Baptist — 
Erving. Baptist Church, , 1835, dissolved in 1839. 

First. First Baptist Church of Erving, Sept. 4, 1880, dissolved about 

1886. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Society of Erving,* Aug. 22, 1859 
dissolved Mar. 1, 1871. 



Universalist — 
Erving. Universalist Church, , 1836, dissolved in 1848. 



ESSEX. 
Christian — 
Essex. Christian Society* , 1802, dissolved in 1807. 



EVERETT. 

Congregational — 
Winthrop. Winthrop Congregational Church, Mar. 16, 1848, dissolved 
Oct. 31, 1861 ; Chapel Congregational Church of South Mai- 
den, , 1859, dissolved Oct. 31, 1861. 



FAIRHAVEN. 

Congregational — 
Centre. Centre Congregational Church, , 1840, dissolved in 1848. 

Third. Third Congregational Church, , 1811, united with the Sec- 
ond about 1820. 



FALL RIVER. 

Universalist — 
Fall River. Universalist Church, dissolved in 1850. 

Denomination Unknown — 
Bible Union Church. 

FALMOUTH. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Falmouth, inc. Mar. 12, 1808. 
First Parish in Falmouth, , 1798. 



FITCHBURG. 

Baptist — 
First. The First Baptist Society in Ashby and Fitchburg, inc. June 14, 
1810. 



Congregational — 
Third. Third Church, Jan. 26, 1843. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. L65 



FLORIDA. 

Christian — 
Florida. Christian Church, , 1835. 

Congregational — 
Florida. Congregational Church, Aug. 4, 1814, dissolved in 1831. 

Universalist — 
Florida. Universalist Church, , 1830. 



FRAMINGHAM, 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Church, , 1746. 

Universalist — 
Framingham. Universalist Church. Universalist Society, Nov. -, 1829 



FREETOWN. 

Baptist — 
Third. Third Baptist Church, , 1775. 

Congregational — 
Freetown. Congregational Church, , 1747, dissolved 1775. 



GARDNER. 

Congregational — 
Gardner. Evangelical Congregational Church, June 25, 1830, united 
with the First Congregational Church in 1867. 



GEORGETOWN. 

Free Baptist — 
Georgetown. Free Baptist Church. 

Undenominational — 
Union. Union Society. 

Universalist — 
Georgetown. Universalist Church* , 1829. 



GLOUCESTER. 

Congregational — 
Fourth. Fourth Church in Gloucester, Oct. 27, 1743. Fourth Parish 
in Gloucester, inc. Dec. 15, 1742. x 

Universalist — 
Independent. Independent Universalist Church. Independent Uni- 
versalist Society * in Gloucester, April 6, 1839. 



1 Preaching ceased soon after 1782 ; organization kept up some years later. 



166 CHUECHES, PARISHES, AND 



GOSHEN. 

Baptist — 
Goshen. Baptist Church. Baptist Society* about 1809, dissolved soon 
after 1842. 

Congregational — 
Goshen. Congregational Church, — -, 1819. 



GRAFTON. 

Baptist — 
Grafton. Baptist Church, dissolved Mar. 20, 1751. 

Grafton. Baptist Church, dissolved in 1767. 



GRANBY. 

Congregational — 

West. West Church in Granby, Oct. 10, 1821. West Religious Society 
in Granby* inc. Jan. 5, 1821. Second Parish in Granby, 
inc. Mar. 25, 1834. Second Religious Society in Granby. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Granby. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1850. 



GRANVILLE. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Granville. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Universalist — 
Granville. Universalist Church, , 1863, dissolved in 1879. 



GREAT BARRINGTON. 

Baptist — 

Great Barrington. Baptist Church, , 1792. First Baptist Society 

in Great Barrington, inc. June 23, 1802. 



GROTON. 

Presbyterian — 
Groton. Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Parish, about 1775, inc. 
Nov. 19,1788. 



GROYELAND. 

Baptist - 
Groveland. Baptist Church of Groveland, Oct. 5, 1866. First Baptist 
Society of Groveland Mar. 27, 1866. 

Congregational — 
Independent. Independent Congregational Church. Independent Con- 
gregational Society, , 1852, dissolved in 1865. Trustees 

of the First Independent Church in Groveland, inc. May 11, 
1858. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 167 



II A D L E Y . 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hadley. Methodist Church. Methodist Society. 



HANCOCK. 

Baptist — 
Second. Second Baptist Church. 



HANSON. 

Universalist — 
First. Universalist Church. First Universalist Society in Hanson, inc. 
Mar. 31, 1834. 



HARDWICK. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Society in Hardwick, inc. Feb. 3, 1816. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hardwick. Methodist Episcopal Church. 



Unitarian — 
First. First Conoreofational Church, , 1828. 



Universalist — 
First. Universalist Church. First Universalist Society in Hardwick, 
inc. June 12, 1824. 



HARVARD. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Harvard and Boxborough. Harvard and Boxborough Methodist Epis- 
copal Society* dissolved in 1843. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church of Christ in Harvard,* Dec. 28, 1845. 
Second Universalist Society in Harvard, Mar. 29, 1830, dis- 
solved Oct. 6, 1866. 



HARWICH. 

Reformed Methodist — 
Harwich. Reformed Methodist Church, , 1820. The First Metho- 
dist Society in Harwich, inc. Mar. 1, 1809. 

Separatist — 
Harwich. Separatist Church. 

Wesleyan Methodist — 
Harwich. Wesleyan Methodist Church, , 1845. 



1G8 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



HAVERHILL. 

Congregational — 
Winter Street. Winter Street Church, May -, 1853, dissolved June 
25, 1860. Union Evangelical Church of Haverhill, May 15, 
1839. 

Evangelical — 
Haverhill. Free Evangelical Church, May -, 1858. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Haverhill. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1837, dissolved in 1844. 



HEATH. 

Baptist — 
Heath. Baptist Church, Sept. 9, 1801, dissolved Sept. 8, 1804. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Church of Christ in Heath, Mar. 21, 1785. 
Trinity Congregational Parish, Mar. 21, 1785. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Feb. 8, 1844, dissolved in 1846. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Heath. Methodist Episcopal Church, April -, 1859. 

Unitarian — 
Heath. Unitarian Church, , 1825. 



HINSDALE. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hinsdale. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1806. 

HOLBROOK. 

Baptist— 
Second. Second Baptist Society in Randolph, inc. April 9, 1836. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

First. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1832, dissolved in 1836. First 

Methodist Episcopal Society in Randolph, inc. Feb. 20, 1833. 



HOLLAND. 

Baptist — 
Holland. Baptist Church, June 25, 1817. First Baptist Society in the 
District of Holland, inc. Feb. 14, 1822. 



HOLLISTON. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Holliston. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1831. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Our Redeemer. Church of Our Redeemer, inc. Feb. 15, 1865. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 169 



HOLYOKE. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Church, Dec. 24, 1849, dissolved April 29, 1850. 



HOPKINTON. 

Presbyterian — 
Hopkinton. Presbyterian Church, , 1734. 



HUBBARDSTON. 

Congregational — 

First. First Restoration Society in Hubbardston, , 1821, dissolved 

May 1, 1826. 

HULL. 

Christian — 
Hull. Christian Church, 1803, dissolved 1805. 

Congregational — 
Hull. Church in Hull, , 1644. 



IPSWICH. 

Baptist — 

First. The First Baptist Society in Ipswich, , 1806 ; inc. June 16, 

1817. 

Congregational — 
Fourth. Fourth Church in Ipswich, May 22, 1746. Sixth Parish in 
Ipswich, Dec. 8. 1752. 1 

Unitarian — 
Ipswich. Unitarian Church, , 1830, dissolved in 1837. 



LAKEVILLE. 

Baptist — 
Central. Central Baptist Church* Lakeville ; United Brethren Church, 
Aug. 19, 1800 ; Second Baptist Church, Middleborough ; Fourth 
Calvinistic Baptist Church, Middleborough, , 1793. 

Separatist — 
Lakeville. Separatist Church, , 1751, dissolved in 1756 



LANCASTER. 

Universalist — 
First. Universalist Church* First Universalist Society, Mar. 7, 1838, 
dissolved soon after 1848. 

1 The Fourth Church united with the Second Church, and the Sixth Parish united 
with the Second Parish, Oct. 26, 1774. 



170 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



LAWRENCE. 

Congregational — 
Central. Central Congregational Church, Dec. 25, 1849. Central Con- 
gregational Society.* 

Eliot. Eliot Congregational Church, Sept. 25, 1865. Eliot Congrega- 
tional Parish. 

Lowell Street. Lowell Street Congregational Church, dissolved in 
1871 ; Free Congregational Church. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Trinity. Trinity Methodist Church, , 1873. 



LEE. 

African Methodist Episcopal — 
Lee. African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Free Baptist — 
Lee. First Freewill Baptist Church, , 1844. 



LEICESTER 

Baptist — 
Leicester. Anabaptist Church, , 1791. 

Wesleyan Methodist — 
Leicester. Wesleyan Methodist Church* 



LENOX. 

Baptist — 
Lenox. Baptist Church. 

LEOMINSTER. 

Baptist - 
Leominster. Baptist Church, April 30, 1824, dissolved Oct. 27, 1849. 



LEVERETT. 

Free Baptist — 
Leverett. Freewill Baptist Church of Leverett and Shutesbury, 
July -, 1835, reorganized July 3, 1841. 

Unitarian — 
Leverett. Unitarian Church, about 1835. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Leverett, inc. June 12, 1818, dis- 
solved in 1832. 



LEXINGTON. 

Unitarian — 
Second. Second Congregational Society, about 1845, united with the 
First Universalist Society to form the Church of the Redeemer. 
The Christian Association, between 1835 and 1839. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 171 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Society in Lexington, , 1845, united with 

the Second Congregational Society to form the Church of the 
Redeemer. 

LEYDEN. 
Baptist — 
Leyden. Baptist Church, July 5, 1780, dissolved in 1830. Baptist So- 
ciety, inc. Mar. 8, 1803. 

Universalist — 
Leyden. Universalist Church, , 1830, dissolved in 1832. 

Wesleyan Methodist — 
Leyden. Wesleyan Methodist Church, — -, 1842, dissolved in 1866. 



LINCOLN. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Lincoln. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1798. 



LITTLETON. 

Universalist — 
Littleton. Universalist Society,' , 1830, dissolved in 1847. 

LOWELL. 

Baptist — 
Central. Central Baptist Church, , 1850. 

Third. Third Baptist Church, , 1840, dissolved in 1862. 

Congregational — 
Third. Third Congregational Church, July 2, 1832. Proprietors of the 
Third Congregational Meeting House in Lowell, inc. Mar. 16, 
1832. 

Free Baptist — 
Lowell. Freewill Baptist Church, , 1834. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Hurd Sreet. Hurd Street Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1826. 

Second. Second Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1831. 

Presbyterian — 
Lowell. Presbyterian Church. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Luke's. Saint Luke's Church, — -, 1842, dissolved in 1844. 
Proprietors of St. Luke's Church in Lowell, inc. Feb. 25, 
1842. 

Second Advent — 
Christ. Christ Church, , 1846. 

Second Advent. Second Advent Church, , 1842. 



172 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
North. North Congregational Church of Chelmsford, — -, 1824. 
Protestant Unitarian Society. Proprietors of the Second Con- 
gregational Meeting House in Chelmsford, inc. Feb. 3, 1821. 

Pilgrim's. Church of the Pilgrims, Aug. 2, 1845. Proprietors of the 
Lee Street Church in Lowell, inc. April 9, 1849. 



Universalist — 

Third. Third Universalist Church, ,1843. Proprietors of the Third 

Universalist Meeting House in Lowell, inc. Mar. 22, 1843. 



LUDLOW. 

Congregational — 
Jacksonville. Jacksonville Church, Jan. 6, 1847. 



LUNENBURG. 

Unitarian — 
Lunenburg. Unitarian Church, May 15, 1728. 



LYNN. 
Protestant Episcopal — 
Christ. Wardens, Vestry, and Proprietors of Christ Church in Lynn, 
Jan. 27, 1819 ; inc. April 14, 1838, succeeded by Saint 
Stephen's Church in 1841. 



LYNNFIELD. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Lynnfield. Methodist Episcopal Church* , 1816. 



MALDEN. 

Congregational — 
South. South Church, Sept. 4, 1735. l South Precinct, dissolved Dec. 
24, 1737. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Grace. Grace Church, May 12, 1862, dissolution legalized Mar. 31, 1870. 

Saint Paul's. Saint Paul's Church, April 22, 1867, dissolution legalized 
Mar. 31, 1870. 

MANSFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Mansfield. Congregational Church, Feb. 23, 1737. 



MARBLEHEAD. 

Congregational — 
Third. Third Congregational Church* , 1859, dissolved in 1877. 



The North and South Churches voted to be "one body " Mar. 25, 1792. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 173 



MARION. 

Methodist Protestant — 
Marion. Methodist Protestant Church* about 1833. 



MARLBOROUGH. 

TJniversalist — 
Marlborough. Universalist Church, April 1, 1833. First Universal is t 
Society in Marlborough, inc. Feb. 10, 1824. 



MARSHFIELD. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Marshfield. Episcopal Protestant Society in Marshfield, inc. June 9, 
1790. 

MASHPEE. 
Congregational — 
Mashpee. Congregational Church, Aug. 17, 1670. 



MATTAPOISETT. 

Baptist— l 

Mattapoisett. Baptist Church. 



MEDFORD. 

Congregational — 
First. First Trinitarian Congregational Church, united with the Mystic 
Church and Society. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, Oct. % 1822, dissolved April 
9, 1875. Second Congregational Society in Medford, inc. Feb. 
21, 1824, united with the Mystic Church and Society. 



MEDWAY. 

Unitarian — 

East. Unitarian Church in the East Parish, , 1840 ; East Church, 

Nov. -, 1715. 



Universalist — 
Medway. Universalist Church. 



MENDON. 
Congregational — 
Mendon. Evangelical Church * and Society in Mendon, Aug. 13, 1828. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Mendon. Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1835. 



METHUEN. 

Baptist — 
Methuen. Baptist Church, May 30, 1756. 



174 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Church of Christ in Methuen, April 16, 1766, united 
with the First Church, April 16, 1817. Second Parish in 

Methuen, , 1766 ; inc. Feb. 28, 1807, dissolved in 1816. 

" A separate Parish," inc. Jan. 25, 1799. 



MILFORD. 

Baptist — 
South Milford. South Milford Baptist Church* , 1846. 



MILLBURY. 

Congregational — 
West Millbury. Congregational Church in West Millbury. West 
Millbury Congregational Society, May 23, 1837, dissolved 
Dec. 28, 1857. 

MONROE. 

Universalist — 
Monroe. Universalist Church, , 1810. Universalist Society. 



MONSON. 

Baptist — 

Monson. Monson and Wilbraham Baptist Church, , 1768. First 

Baptist Society, Sept. 13, 1811. 



MONTAGUE. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Montague. Episcopal Church, July 13, 1815, dissolved in 1845. 

Unitarian — 
Montague. Unitarian Church, Nov. 4, 1828. 



MONTGOMERY. 

Baptist — 
Montgomery. Baptist Society in Montgomery, inc. Feb. 15, 1825. 

Congregational — 
Montgomery. Congregational Church, — , 1797, dissolved in 1868. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Montgomery. Methodist Episcopal Church, about 1849, dissolved in 

1878. 

MOUNT WASHINGTON. 

Congregational — 
Mount Washington. Congregational Church* Oct. 6, 1831. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Mount Washington. Methodist Episcopal Church. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 175 



NANTUCKET. 

African Methodist Episcopal — 
Nantucket. African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nantucket, inc. 
Mar. 4, 1835. 

Baptist — 
Pleasant Street. Pleasant Street Church* 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Nantucket. Trustees of the Second Methodist Episcopal Church in 
Nantucket, inc. Feb. 14, 1846. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Trinity. Wardens, Vestry and Proprietors of Trinity Church in Nan- 
tucket, inc. April 5, 1839. 

Universalist — 
First. Proprietors of the First Universalist Church in Nantucket, inc. 
Jan. 20, 1827. 

NATICK. 

Congregational — 
English and Indian. English and Indian Church, Dec. 3, 1729, dis- 
solved about 1752. 

English and Indian. English and Indian Church, Mar. -, 1753, dis- 
solved about 1803. 

Indian. Indian Church, , 1660, dissolved soon after 1698. 

Universalist — 
Natick. Universalist Church. First Universalist Parish in Natick, 
- Sept. 20, 1879. 

NEEDHAM. 

Baptist — 
Needham. Baptist Church, , 1784. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Needham. Methodist Episcopal Church, building erected in 1799 ; 
church dissolved about 1860. 

NEW BEDFORD. 
Christian — 
African. African Christian Church, , 1826. 

Third. Third Christian Church, , 1840. 

Congregational - 
Pacific. Pacific Congregational Church, Oct. 8, 1844, dissolved April 

17, 1878. 

Free Baptist — 

New Bedford. Freewill Baptist Church, after 1840, dissolved , 

1859. 



176 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church, April 
19, 1854, dissolved about 1858. Organized as a Free Church 
about 1851. 



Undenominational — 
Cannonville. Cannonville Union Church, about 1840, dissolved April 
-, 1853. 

Centre. Centre Church, Feb. 12, 1845, dissolved in 1854. 



TJniversalist — 
New Bedford. A Universalist Society, Jan. 6, 1834. 



NEWBURY. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, , 1811. 

Congregational — 
Fourth. Fourth Congregational Church* Nov. 2, 1832, dissolved in 
1846. 

NEWBURYPORT. 

Baptist — 
Congress Street. Congress Street Baptist Church; Baptist Church 
of Newbury and Newburyport ; First Baptist Church of New- 
bury, , 1681. Baptist Society of Newbury and Newbury- 
port, inc. Feb. 26, 1811. The Proprietors of the Meeting 
House of the First Baptist Society in Newburyport, inc. Mar. 
4, 1808. 

Second. Second Baptist Church, — -, 1846. Green Street Baptist 
Church. 



Christian — 
Court Street. Court Street Christian Church, about 1840, existing in 
1878. 



Congregational — 
Fifth. Fifth Church in Newbury, July 22, 1762. Fifth Parish in New- 
bury, April 17, 1761. 

Second Advent — 

Newburyport. Second Advent Church, , 1846, dissolved Feb. 12, 

1890. 

NEW SALEM. 
Baptist — 
New Salem. New Salem Baptist Church, Jan. 24, 1772 ; New Salem 
and Prescott Baptist Church. The Baptist Society in New 
Salem, inc. Mar. 8, 1803, dissolved before 1878. 



Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, Nov. 10, 1824, dissolved in 
1853. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 177 



Methodist Episcopal — 
North. North New Salem Church, , 1829. 

Universalist — 
New Salem. Universalist Church, Oct. 5, 1835. 



NEWTON. 

Congregational — 
North. North Evangelical Church, June 2, 1861. 

Unitarian — 
Chestnut Hill. Chestnut Hill Chapel, , 1861. 

First. First Religious Society, , 1827, dissolved in 1832 ; Upper 

Falls Religious Society, inc. Mar. 8, 1828. Proprietors of 
the Upper Falls Meeting House in Newton, inc. Mar. 8, 1828. 

Universalist — 

Old Watertown. Old Watertown Universalist Church, , 1841. 

Newton and Watertown Universalist Society, inc. Mar. 3, 1827, 
dissolved in 1847. 

Denomination Unknown— K 
Thompsonville. Thompsonville Chapel. Dedicated Nov. 9, 1867. 



NORTHFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Northfield. Baptist Church, Aug. 18, 1847. 

Methodist Episcopal — 

Northfield. Methodist Church, , 1844 ; Methodist Episcopal Church, 

, 1810. 

NORTH READING. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
North Reading. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Universalist — 
North Reading. Universalist Church. 



NORTON. 

Dissenting- Congregational — 
Norton. Dissenting Congregational Church, , 1748. 1 



OAKHAM. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Oakham. Methodist Episcopal Church, dissolved about 1865. 

Presbyterian — 
Oakham. Presbyterian Church, Aug. 28, 1767, dissolved in 1783. 

1 Became Baptist April 1, 1761 and united with the Baptist Society in Taunton. 



178 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



ORANGE. 

Baptist — 

Orange. Baptist Church, , 1834, dissolved in 1860. 

Unitarian — 
Orange. Congregational Church in South Warwick, , 1782. ' Con- 
gregational Society of Orange, inc. July 5,1784. (Act re- 
pealed Mar. 11, 1791.) Trustees of the Congregational Society 
in Orange, inc. July 5, 1 784. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, West Orange, Oct. 13, 1837, 
dissolved in 1860. 



Methodist Episcopal — 

West Orange. West Orange Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1853 ; 

Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1794. 



ORLEANS. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Society in Orleans, inc. Mar. 13, 1834. 



OTIS. 

Baptist — 
West Otis. Baptist Church, West Otis. 

Congregational — 
Bethlehem. Church in Bethlehem, Sept. 14, 1794, absorbed in the 
present church in 1860. 

Loudon. Church in Loudon, Feb. 2, 1779, absorbed in the present church 
in 1860. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
Otis. Methodist Episcopal Society in Otis, inc. Feb. 9, 1821. 



OXFORD. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church. First Universalist Society, April 27, 
1785, dissolved about 1858. 



PALMER. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Thorndike. Thorndike Methodist Episcopal Church, Jan. 23, 1847, 
united with the Bondsville. 

Three Rivers. Three Rivers Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1841, 

united with the Bondsville. 



Protestant Episcopal — 
Palmer. Protestant Episcopal Church. 



United with the North Orange Universalist Church in 1844. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 179 



PAXTON. 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church. Second Congregational So- 
ciety, about 1785, united with the First in 1793. 



PELHAM. 
Baptist — 
Packard ville. Packardville Church, , 1831. 

Congregational — 
First Union. First Union Congregational Church, July 24, 1859. 

Unitarian — 
Pelham. Unitarian Church, dissolved before 1830. 



PETERSHAM. 

Baptist — 
Petersham. Baptist Church, about the time of the Revolution. 

Universalist — 
Petersham. Universalist Church, J , 1836, dissolved in 1842. 



PITTSFIELD. 

Congregational — 
Union. Union Parish, Aug. 22, 1809; inc. Feb. 27, 1809. (Act re- 
pealed June 16, 1817 and the Union Parish and First Parish 
" shall and may unite, and shall have power and be held as 
a town or parish " for public worship.) 

Wesleyan Methodist — 
Pittsfield. Wesleyan Methodist Church, Jan. -, 1853. 



PLAINFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Plainfield. Baptist Church, Feb. 25, 1833. 



PLYMOUTH. 

Christian — 
Russell's Mills. Russell's Mills Church, Nov. 23, 1857. 

Congregational — 
Fourth. Fourth Congregational Church of Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
June 18, 1818; inc. Feb. 27, 1891, united with the present 
Chiltonville Congregational Church; Fourth Congregational 
Church, Chiltonville. The Fourth Congregational Society in 
Plymouth, April 22, 1816 ; inc. Feb. 10, 1816. 

Robinson. Robinson Church, , 1829, reunited with the Third Church. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Plymouth. Methodist Episcopal Church. 



180 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



PLYMPTON. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Plympton, inc. June 20, 1826. 



PRINCETON. 

Baptist — 
Princeton. Baptist Church, June 18, 1817. 

Congregational — 

Princeton. Evangelical Church in Princeton, , 1830, united with 

the First Congregational May 6, 1835. Evangelical Society. 

Presbyterian — 
Princeton. Presbyterian Church, Sept. 18, 1818, dissolved in 1830. 



QUINCY. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Quincy, inc. Mar. 17, 1 880, dissolved 
in 1889. Quincy Baptist Church, , 1867. 



READING. 

Congregational — 
Reading-. Evangelical Church, became the First Presbyterian June 17, 
1873. Evangelical Society, Aug. 29, 1871. 

Old South. Old South Church, Feb. 21, 1770 ; inc. Feb. 21, 1770, dis- 
solved June 30, 1886. Third Congregational Society in Bead- 
ing, inc. Feb. 28, 1828 ; Second Congregational Society or 
Second Parish. Old South Parish of Beading, inc. Feb. 20, 
1880 ; West Parish of Beading ; South Parish. 

Presbyterian — 
First. First Presbyterian Church, June 17, 1873. 



REHOBOTH. 

Baptist— 
Oak Swamp. Oak Swamp Church, Jan. 20, 1732, dissolved about 1795. 

Rehoboth. Baptist Church, , 1663. 

Rehoboth. Baptist Church, Jan. 20, 1773. 

Round's. Round's Church, April 14, 1743, reorganized, , 1783, dis- 
solved about 1824. 

Free Baptist — 
Iron's. Iron's Church, Oct. 2, 1777. 

Rehoboth. Freewill Baptist Church, Jan. 17, 1780. 

Rehoboth. Free Will Baptist Church, April 4, 1789. 

Reformed Methodist — 
North Rehoboth. North Rehoboth Church, — , 1826. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 181 



RICHMOND. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Richmond. Methodist Episcopal Society in Richmond, inc. June 20, 
1826. 

ROCKPORT. 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church, Mar. 15, 1855. 



ROWE. 

Congregational — 
Rowe. Congregational Church. 

Second. Second Congregational Church, April 10, 1833. 



ROWLEY. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Rowley, April 18, 1858, dissolved 
in 1869. 

ROYALSTON. 

Baptist — 
Royalston. Baptist Society in Royalston, inc. June 20, 1807. 



RUSSELL. 
Congregational — 
Russell. Congregational Church, Nov. 1, 1800. Congregational So- 
ciety, , 1797, dissolved in 1868. 

Union. Union Church. 

RUTLAND. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Rutland. Methodist Episcopal Church* about 1840. 



SALEM. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
First. First Methodist Episcopal Church and Society in Salem, inc. 
Mar. 3, 1829. 

Presbyterian — 
Howard Street. Howard Street Church, Dec. 29, 1803 ; inc. June 11, 
1829 ; First Presbyterian Church in Salem, inc. June 5, 
1824. The Branch Society, inc. Mar. 15, 1805. 



SALISBURY. 

Congregational — 

Salisbury. Congregational Church, , 1638, dissolved Mar. 28, 1833. 

East Parish in Salisbury, inc. Mar. 15, 1793. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Society in Salisbury, inc. Feb. 22, 1812. 



182 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

SANDISFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, Aug. 21, 1779. The First Baptist Society 
in Sandisfield, inc. Feb. 25, 1 794. 

Second. Second Baptist Church, April 25, 1788, dissolved in 1837. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Saint Andrew's. Saint Andrew's Church, Dec. -, 1845. The Episcopal 
Society in Sandisfield, inc. Feb. 27, 1797. 

SANDWICH. 

Congregational — 
Puritan. Puritan Church, Mar. 21, 1846. 

Second. Second Church in Sandwich, , 1734, reunited with the First 

in 1749. 

Second. Second Congregational Church of Sandwich, July 9, 1833. 

SAVOY. 

Baptist — 
Second. Second Baptist Church, , 1832. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Society in Savoy, inc. Feb. 18, 1811, dis- 
solved in 1816. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Savoy. Methodist Episcopal Church. 



8EEKONK. 
Congregational — 

First. First Church in Rehoboth, , 1644. Congregational Society 

in the town of Seekonk, inc. Feb. 12,1864; Congregational 
Society in the First Precinct in the town of Rehoboth, inc. June 
23,1792. Trustees of the Congregational Society in the First 
Precinct in the town of Rehoboth, inc. June 23, 1792 ; Trus- 
tees' of the First Parish of Rehoboth, inc. Feb, 11, 1762, act 
repealed June 23, 1792. 



SHEFFIELD. 

Baptist — 
First. Baptist Church, July 7, 1825. First Baptist Society in Sheffield, 
inc. Jan. 26, 1821. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
Sheffield. Protestant Episcopal Church, inc. Feb. 22, 1814. 



SHELBURNE. 

Baptist — 
Shelburne. Baptist Church, Aug. 24, 1832, dissolved April 11, 1839. 

Unitarian — 
Shelburne. Unitarian Church,, April 14, 1828. Unitarian Society, Oct. 
-, 1841. 



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SHERBORN. 

Wesleyan Methodist — 
Sherborn. Wesleyan Methodist Society, , 1848, dissolved in 1854. 



SHREWSBURY. 

Baptist — 

Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury and Boylston Baptist Society, , 1812, 

united with the Baptist Society in New England Village, 
Grafton, in 1836. 



Undenominational — 
First. First Restoration Society, April 11, 1820; inc. April 26, 1824. 

Universalist — 
Shrewsbury. Universalist Church. 



SHUTESBURY. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Shutesbury. Methodist Episcopal Church, June -, 1849. 

Universalist — 
Shutesbury. Universalist Society, June 1, 1829. 



SOUTHBOROUGH. 
Congregational — 
Southborough. Church of Christ in Southborough, dissolved in 1831. 

Unitarian — 
Southborough. Unitarian Church, Oct. 21, 1730. First Parish. 



SOUTH HADLEY. 

Congregational — 

First. First Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, , 1861. 

First Congregational Society in South Hadley Falls. 

South. South Church of Christ in South Hadley, Aug. 12, 1824. South 
Religious Society in South Hadley, Feb. 28, 1824. 



SOUTHWICK. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
First. First Episcopal Society in the town of Southwick, inc. June 18, 
1825. 

SPENCER. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church* June 30, 1819, dissolved not long after 
1850. 



Universalist — 
Spencer. Universalist Church, April 22, 1830, dissolved about 1850. 



184 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 



STERLING. 

Universalist — 
Sterling. Universalist Church* about 1836, dissolved about 1853. 



STONEHAM. 

Universalist — 
Stoneham. Universalist Church, about 1840. 



STOUGHTON 
Unitarian — 
Stoughton. Unitarian Church, , 1825. 



STOW. 

Congregational — 
Stow. Evangelical Church, May 11, 1839. 



Universalist — 
Stow. Universalist Society, , 1830. 



SUTTON. 

Baptist — 
Anabaptist. Anabaptist Society, Sept. 16, 1735. 

Sutton. Baptist Church, July 13, 1762. 



SWANSEA. 
Six Principles Baptist — 
Swansea. Six Principles Baptist Church, dissolved Mar. 31, 1853. 



TAUNTON. 

Christian Baptist — 
Triscott Street. Christian Baptist Church. 



Free Baptist — 
Weir Street. Weir Street Church. Baptist Society composed of In- 
habitants of the towns of Freetown, Taunton and Berkley, inc. 
June 23,1797. 



Universalist — 

First. Universalist Church, , 1825. First Universalist Society in 

Taunton in the County of Bristol, inc. Feb. 22, 1825. 



T E M PLETON. 
Universalist — 
Templeton. Universalist Church, about 1850. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. L85 

TISBURY. 
Baptist — 
South. South Baptist Church. 

Congregational — 
Spring Street. Spring Street Church, April 18, 1844. 

Tisbury. Conoresrational Church. 



Unitarian — 
Tisbury. Unitarian Church. 



TOWNSEND 

Unitarian — 
Townsend. Unitarian Church, Feb. -, 1830. 



TYNGSBOROUGH. 

Baptist — 

First. Baptist Church, , 1835. First Baptist Society in Tyngs- 

borough, inc. Mar. 13, 1834. 



TYRINGHAM. 

Congregational — 
First. Congregational Church, Sept. 25, 1750. First Congregational 
Society in Tyringham, inc. June 16, 1809. 



UPTON. 

Baptist — 
Upton. Anabaptist Church, , 1751. 



WAKEFIELD. 

Unitarian — 
Wakefield. Unitarian Church of South Reading, Mar. 21, 1830. 



WALES 
Congregational — 

Wales. Congregational Church in South Brimfield, , 1819. West 

Parish in the District of South Brimfield, inc. Feb. 21, 1766. 



WALTHAM. 

Congregational — 
First. First Church in Waltham, Jan. 4, 1738, dissolved April 30, 1840 ; 
Church in the West Precinct of Watertown, Nov. 27, 1696. 
First Parish in Waltham, , 1738 ; West Precinct of Water- 
town, inc. June 14, 1698. 

Second. Second Orthodox Church, prior to 1858. Second Religious 
Society 1 in Waltham, , 1813, dissolved in 1814. 

1 See also the existing Second Religious Society, and another extinct. 



186 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Unitarian — 
Independent. The Church connected with the Independent Congrega- 
tional Society May 9, 1841. Independent Congregational So- 
' eiety, June 25, 1838; inc. Feb. 1, 1839. First Parish in 
Waltham, inc. May 3, 1866. 

Second. Second Congregational Church in Waltham, Jan. 8, 1826, dis- 
solved in 1838. Second Religious Society ' in Waltham, Jan. 
8, 1826, dissolved in 1838. 

Universalist — 
First. First Universalist Church, May 26, 1838. First Universalist So- 
ciety in Waltham* Mar. 6, 1839 ; inc. Mar. 22, 1839. 



WARE. 

Baptist — 
Wake. Baptist Church, , 1846. 



WARREN. 

Universalist — 

First. First Universalist Church of Western, , 1815, dissolved in 

1833. Universalist Society of Western and Brookfield, inc. 
June 19, 1819. 

Western. Universalist Church, about 1820. 

WARWICK. 

Universalist — 
Warwick. The Universalist Religious Society in Warwick, inc. Feb. 
25, 1814. 

WASHINGTON. 
Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Society in Washington, inc. June 16, 1820. 

Congregational — 
Washington. Congregational Church, ,1772. Congregational So- 
ciety in the town of Washington. 



WATERTOWN. 

Congregational — 
Third. Third Church of Watertown, , 1720, dissolved in 1722. 



Universalist — 
Watertown. Universalist Church, dissolved Aug. 3, 1889. 



WELLFLEET. 
Methodist Episcopal — 
South Wellfleet. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Wellfleet. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

1 See also the existing Second Religious Society, and another extinct. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 187 



WENDELL. 

Baptist — 
Wendell. Wendell Baptist Church, June 11, 1799. Wendell Baptist 

Society. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Wendell. Methodist Episcopal Church, existing in 1812. 

Wendell. Universalist Church, existing in 1819. 



WESTBOROUGH. 

Unitarian — 
Westborough. Unitarian Church, , 1834, dissolved soon after. 



WESTFIELD. 

Baptist — 
Westfield. Baptist Church, , 1819. 

Second. Second Baptist Church, June 6, 1786. 

West Farms. West Farms Church, -, 1806. 



WESTPORT. 

Christian— 
First. First Christian Baptist Society in Westport, inc. Feb. 11, 1833, 
reincorporated Mar, 23, 1843. 

Congregational — 
Westport. Congregational Church, , 1818. 



WEST SPRINGFIELD. 

Baptist — 

Feeding Hills. Feeding Hills Baptist Church, , 1740, dissolved in 

1797. 



Methodist Episcopal — 
West Springfield. Methodist Episcopal Church, , 1&44. 

Protestant Episcopal — 
West Springfield. Protestant Episcopal Church. 



WEST STOCKBRIDGE. 

Baptist — 
West Stockbridge. Baptist Church, — -, 1792. The Baptist Beligious 
Society in West Stockbridge, inc. Feb. 25, 1 794. 



WHATELY. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church of Christ, May 5, 1789, dissolved Aug. 23, 
1850. 



188 CHURCHES, PARISHES, AND 

Congregational — 
Second. Second Congregational Church of Whately, Nov. 10, 1842, 
reunited with the First Church about 1864. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Whately. Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Unitarian — 
First. First Unitarian Congregational Society of Whately, Jan. 9, 1866. 

Universalist— 
First. First Universalist Society, May 20, 1839, merged in the Unitarian. 



WILLIAMSTOWN. 

Baptist — 
First. First Baptist Church, , 1791, dissolved in 1811. 



WILMINGTON. 

Baptist — 
Wilmington. Baptist Church. 

Free Baptist — 
Wilmington. Freewill Baptist Society, , 1840. 



WINDSOR. 

Baptist — 
Windsor. Baptist Church, Aug. 21, 1821, dissolved Dec. 30, 185L 
Baptist Society in Windsor, inc. Feb. 25, 1806, dissolved Mar. 
22, 1852. 

WINTHROP. 

Congregational — 
First. First Congregational Society in Winthrop, inc. Jan. 31, 1800, 
act repealed Mar. 7, 1806. 



WOBURN. 

Congregational — 
Third. Third Church, Sept. 17, 1746. Third Society, July -, 1747, 
united with the First Church and Parish in 1756. 

New Jerusalem — 
North Woburn. New Jerusalem Church, North Woburn. 

Unitarian — 
North Woburn. Unitarian Church, North Woburn. Unitarian So- 
ciety, , 1866. 

Universalist — 
First. Universalist Church. First Universalist Society, — -, 1827, 
united with the Unitarian. 

Second. Second Universalist Church in Woburn, July 15, 1747, reunited 
with the First. 



RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES. 189 



WORCESTER. 

Second Advent — 
Worcester. Second Advent Church, , 1850. 



WRENTHAM. 

Denomination Unknown — 
Plainville. Union Congregational Church in Plainville, inc. Mar. 11, 
1886, dissolved in 1890. 



YARMOUTH. 

Methodist Episcopal — 
Yarmouthport. Methodist Episcopal Church, Yarmouthport.